The Women's Imaging Center
at Hardin Memorial Hospital meets the needs and expectations of both patients and physicians by utilizing the latest in technology and providing the highest quality Stereotactic Breast Biopsy services in the region. Stereotactic Breast Biopsy services are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
tereotactic and ultrasound technologies were developed because a large percentage (about 80%) of surgical biopsies previously performed were benign. These new methods of biopsy are very accurate procedures to obtain the tissue samples needed for diagnosis with very little discomfort to the patient. These procedures require much less time, a shorter recovery period and no significant scarring to the breast. Both methods are also much less expensive than the cost of a surgical biopsy.Stereotactic Biopsy
The first part of the procedure is similar to a mammogram except that you will be lying down. The breast will be compressed with a compression paddle and two stereo x-rays will be taken. They are called stereo because they are images of the same area taken from different angles. With the help of a computer, the exact positioning of the biopsy needle is determined from these stereo images. The Radiologist will numb the biopsy area with a local anesthetic and then insert the biopsy needle in the breast. The tissue samples will then be taken. After obtaining the necessary tissue sample, the compression will be released. A dressing will be applied to the biopsy area that you will need to wear home.Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
Some biopsies can be done with ultrasound guidance. This method is similar to the stereotactic method except you will be lying on your back and ultrasound is used to take the images. The doctor will decide which method will be used to best complete the biopsy. Not all biopsies can be done with ultrasound.
The Women’s Imaging Center also features exclusive parking (MAP PDF)
, a private entrance and waiting area and on-site registration. For more information, please call (270) 706-1740.