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The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is a minimally invasive, image guided procedure (stereotactic or ultrasound) that helps physicians locate breast abnormalities and obtain tissue samples for diagnosis.
In stereotactic procedures, the patient lies face down on a special table with the breast protruding through a hole in the table. The breast is lightly compressed to immobilize it. This table is similar to the mammogram table, which allows the physician to get a clear mammographic image of the area to be sampled. The table is connected to a computer that processes digital images. Placement of the sampling device is guided by a computerized system using x-rays. Unlike other biopsy methods, the Mammotome is capable of sampling a variety of breast abnormalities with just one small incision.
Stereotactic Imaging Table
The Mammotome Biopsy Procedure - What You Should Know
If you and your doctor choose the Mammotome breast biopsy procedure. This procedure, performed on hundreds of thousands of women before you, is minimally invasive and causes little discomfort. Yet, the Mammotome is highly accurate in helping your doctor diagnose a variety of breast abnormalities, from those you can feel (palpable lesions) to those you cannot feel (non-palpable lesions).
Diagnoses of samples obtained with the Mammotome are as reliable as an open surgical biopsy. But, unlike an open surgical biopsy, Mammotome lets you have your biopsy in a procedure room or doctor's office rather than an operating room. And your incision will be so small that you will not require stitches. To see a video of the procedure click here.
The Mammotome is Different
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is different because it is minimally invasive and requires only a 1/4" skin incision. This procedure can be performed in less than one hour under a local anesthetic, minimizing discomfort to you. The Mammotome is capable of sampling a variety of breast abnormalities, such as microcalcifications, asymmetric densities, solid masses or nodules. It can obtain multiple tissue samples with one insertion (other methods require multiple insertions). When the biopsy is completed, the tissue samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis and pathologic results. A procedure which requires no sutures, the Mammotome is a valuable tool that helps physicians accurately diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages. To find a hospital or breastcare center that offer the Mammotome Breast Biopsy procedure, click here.
Answers To Your Questions
Q. Is the Mammotome procedure accurate?
A. Yes. The Mammotome method is highly accurate in helping your doctor diagnose various breast abnormalities. Surgeons and radiologists have performed over 500,000 Mammotome breast procedures across the country in more than 1,250 locations.
Q. How large will the skin incision in my breast be?
A. The Mammotome probe is inserted into the breast through a 1/4 inch incision. The incision does not require stitches, just a small adhesive bandage. An open surgical biopsy typically requires a 1 1/2 to 2-inch incision.
Q. Will I get a scar from the Mammotome procedure?
A. Mammotome will minimize scarring. With an open surgical procedure there is a possibility of scarring and disfiguration.
Q. Will I be conscious during the procedure?
A. Yes. The Mammotome procedure is done under local anesthesia.
Q. Will I have to be hospitalized?
A. Typically, no. It is an outpatient procedure.
Q. Is the Mammotome method the right choice for me?
A. The Mammotome procedure is appropriate in helping doctors diagnose a variety of breast abnormalities that may be detected by mammogram or ultrasound. Of course, as with any medical procedure, a breast biopsy may present risk. Consult your doctor to see which breast biopsy method is appropriate for you. For more information visit us on the web at http://www.breastbiopsy.com.