Minimally Invasive Procedures
Seated, Upright Stereotactic 3D Breast Biopsy
Upright stereotactic breast biopsy has numerous benefits compared to the usual prone method. The upright position makes a lesion easier to view, especially when it is close to the chest wall. Also, we localize under high-resolution imaging, resulting in accurate localizations of small calcifications.
Our upright stereotactic breast biopsies use a continuous lavage of lidocaine with two major benefits to the patient. The continuous stream of lidocaine reduces bleeding during the procedure, and prevents painful hematomas after the biopsy is complete. Secondly, the continuous lavage ensures that the entire procedure is virtually painless.
As with many other advancements in radiology, InHealth Imaging is the first to offer this in Kitsap County.
A biopsy is a medical procedure involving the removal of cells or tissues for microscopic examination by a pathologist. The tissue sample is retrieved with a needle or biopsy device, which requires a small skin incision.
The radiologist uses image guidance, such ultrasound or CT to target the suspect area. It requires no general anesthesia and is performed with local anesthetic. In most cases, the procedure is painless or causes only mild discomfort.
Exam results are communicated to the patient directly after the exam. At InHealth Imaging, we believe that all of our patients should be presented their results without delay. Shortly after the patient is seen, the images and results are shared with the ordering physician through our secure Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS) portal.