Stereostatic Breast Biopsy
One of the most valuable innovations in diagnostic procedures available is the mammography-guided (stereotactic) breast biopsy. This outpatient procedure uses digital mammography technology to precisely locate extremely small irregularities in the breast. Tissue samples as small as two millimeters - the size of the head of a pin - can be enough for an accurate diagnosis. This minimally invasive technique only requires local numbing and allows patients to resume normal activities the same day.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Areas of concern identified during an ultrasound can be biopsied with ultrasound guidance, using core needle biopsy techniques - an outpatient procedure which only requires local numbing. A radiologist can remove several tissue samples during a single procedure, which will then be reviewed by Torrance Memorial pathologists. This precise technique can identify very small areas of concern and gather information about breast health with the least amount of invasiveness. Patients can return to normal activities immediately following the procedure.