Mammography, along with regular self-exams and exams by a healthcare provider are important tools in detecting breast cancer or other abnormalities.  Now, local women have access to another important screening tool — stereotactic breast biopsy.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and sample (biopsy) an abnormality within the breast.  It is often used when small growths or accumulations of calcium (called calcifications) are detected on a screening mammogram.  These calcifications may not appear on an ultrasound or be felt during a physical breast exam.

Stereotactic breast biopsies use x-rays to locate and target the area of concern and guide the biopsy needle to the right location.  After the sample is collected it is sent to a pathology lab to determine if cancer cells are present.  The quicker breast cancer is detected, the faster treatment can begin.

“The closest location for this type of procedure was Sheridan, Casper, or Rapid City, SD,” says Terri Kinney, Director of Radiology and Imaging at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

“When the new equipment was installed and staff training completed this summer, we now have the ability to do this relatively simple, low-risk procedure right here.” – Kinney

Stereotactic biopsy takes only about an hour, is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, results in quicker recovery, and causes minimal scarring.

By: Felicia Messimer for CCH
Republished with permission by 82717