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GRH offers Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, a New Outpatient Diagnostic Service

Hospital news | Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Contact: Mardi Ford

Grande Ronde Hospital Radiology Department initiated a new imaging service in March called Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. Prior to this, patients had to travel out of the community for this exam.

Based on the results of a mammogram, your physician may recommend a breast biopsy in order to obtain further information. A biopsy is a procedure where a small sample of tissue is taken for further examination by the laboratory. Biopsies are the only definitive way to confirm whether a breast abnormality is benign (non-cancerous) or not. Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is a minimally invasive form of breast biopsy that is an alternative to surgical biopsy. The outpatient procedure requires about an hour to complete. Patients report minimal discomfort and minimal recovery time.

During the procedure, a tiny tissue sample from an abnormal breast mass is precisely located with a computer-guided imaging system (special mammography equipment) and removed with a needle for examination by a pathologist.

In the biopsy room, the patient lies on her stomach on a special table with the breast aligned to the imaging unit positioned beneath her. Two x-ray images of breast tissue are taken at different angles. A computer uses those images to locate the abnormality and calculate precise coordinates. Then the computer guides the physician in placing a needle at the target to remove the sample.

GRH Radiology Staff and radiologist Matt Allen, MD have completed extensive equipment application training. The training activity has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to offer a quality service. The Hospital and Radiology Department are excited about the opportunity to provide the new service, locally, to the community.

GRH has provided ultrasound guided breast biopsy services since late 1980. The prior vacuum biopsy system has been upgraded to a more advanced system (Suros ATEC Biopsy System). The new ATEC System will be used in conjunction with the stereotactic system and ultrasound when needed. The ATEC System will enhance the range of biopsy options. Wire localization, stereotactic, and ultrasound guidance are all available for breast biopsy.

If you have any questions about the new service do not hesitate to call our Radiology Department at 541-963-1452 and ask to speak with the department manager.