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If you are, or think you may be pregnant, please inform the technologist.

Your doctor has requested that you have a stereotactic core breast biopsy. This will help answer some of the most common questions.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a the sampling of an area of tissue.

Who does the procedure:

A radiologist (x-ray doctor) performs the procedure, with assistance from technologists.

What preparations must I take before the exam?

You may have a light breakfast, however, we ask that you not have coffee. Coumadin and other medications, which thin your blood, should not be taken for 7 days prior to the procedure. If you have mitral valve prolapse, you may need antibiotics prior to the procedure. Please ask your physician.

What do I do on the day of the test?

Report to Radiology Services approximately 20 minutes before your scheduled time if you have not been contacted by the Admitting Office.

What happens during the procedure?

You will be brought into the stereotactic room where your blood pressure will be taken. You will then lie face down on the padded table with your breast positioned through a contoured cut-out in the table. Preliminary films will be taken first. Then the area of interest will be cleansed and injected with Lidocaine. A needle will be inserted and a biopsy taken which will be sent to the Lab. Pressure will be applied to the site to stop any bleeding and ice applied to reduce swelling. We ask that you remain in Radiology for 30 minutes following the procedure.

How long does it take?

The entire procedure takes about an hour.

What will I be able to do following the exam?

Following the exam there are no restrictions. We recommend that you rest on the day of the biopsy and restrict movement of the limb on the affected side. As long as you are feeling up to it, you can resume normal activity the following day.

Are there complications?

Most people tolerate the procedure without difficulty.

Thank you for choosing to have your examination at Midstate Radiology Associates, LLC. We hope this has been helpful, but should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 203-694-8405.