Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

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  • Stereotactic Biopsy Explained

    A procedure to take a sample from a lesion in the breast using mammographic guidance.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    We need to know if you are taking any medicine to prevent blood clotting (“thin the blood”), as it may be necessary to temporarily stop this medication for the procedure. This decision is made by the radiologist, possibly in consultation with your other doctors.

    We may need to see your previous breast imaging, if it was not done by PRP, prior to confirming your appointment. You will also need to bring it on the day of the biopsy.

  • Preparation

    Please bring your referral, Medicare and/or Pension Health Care Card and any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned.

    There is no specific preparation required.

  • What happens during the procedure

    You will change into a gown. Our staff will position you for the biopsy in a special chair, either sitting or lying down. The biopsy is performed using a special mammogram machine, similar to the one used when the abnormality was first found. After cleaning the skin with antiseptic and injecting local anaesthetic, a special needle is used to take multiple samples. The samples themselves are x-rayed with the mammogram machine to confirm that we have obtained enough of the right tissue. It might then be necessary to take additional samples. Once we have enough, the radiologist will usually insert into the breast a small marker clip which will indicate on future mammograms where the sample came from. This can stay in place permanently if necessary, but may also be used as a “roadmap” if surgery is later required.

    A standard 2-view mammogram of the biopsied breast is then taken to show the clip location.

    The samples are sent to pathology, and a dressing placed on the skin puncture. The puncture is about 3mm in diameter. You will be given instructions about looking after this.

  • How long does it take

    About 20 minutes.

  • Your images and report

    After the examination, you will be given a copy of relevant images taken during the biopsy. A brief report will be sent to your referring doctor, who will also receive the pathology report a few days later. You will need to make an appointment with your doctor to receive the results. We will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

Services - Mammography


A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts. Typically, two images of each breast are obtained, allowing each breast to be examined in two different dimensions.

This content is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you would like any clarifications, please contact your local practice.