Memorial's Breast Health Center
Stereotactic biopsy
​Stereotactic breast biopsy has been an alternative to surgical biopsy of the breast since 1991. The needle biopsy is a less invasive method of obtaining tissue to diagnose breast changes. This procedure typically takes less than two hours.

​When you arrive at The Breast Health Center of Excellence, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. After completing paperwork, you will be escorted into the biopsy room. The technologist will have you lie face down on a table. Your breast will be positioned through an opening in the table. The doctor and the technologist will be working on your breast below the table.

An X-ray will be taken while you are lying down to ensure the breast is centered for the biopsy needle. This takes approximately 15 minutes.

Next, the doctor will numb the biopsy area with a local anesthetic. After the area has become numb, the doctor will make a small incision and insert the needle. These samples are then taken to the laboratory department to be evaluated by a pathologist.

After the procedure is completed, you will be allowed to lie on your back and pressure will be held to the area for 15-20 minutes. A pressure dressing will be applied to the area of the biopsy. You will also be given instructions on how to care for your breast. Please feel free to ask questions before, during, or after your biopsy.

Your doctor will contact you within 24-48 hours with your results.

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​The Breast Health Center
of Excellence at Memorial Hospital
4600 Memorial Drive,
Suite 180
Belleville, Illinois 62226

(618) 257-5960



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