The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is a technological advancement that
assists physicians in obtaining the right amount of breast tissue for a
definitive diagnosis without surgery. The Mammotome's ability to
sample tiny abnormalities called microcalcifications- which can be the
earliest or only sign of cancer- makes early detection and accurate
diagnosis easier. You can be confident in your biopsy results because
the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is designed to accurately diagnose
breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.
You will feel at ease during
the procedure because a Mammotome biopsy causes little pain, requires no
sutures, and can be performed quickly. Stereotactic (X-rays from
two angles) or ultrasound (sound waves) images guide the Mammotome probe
into the abnormal area and multiple tissue samples are removed.
Other biopsy options.
Core Needle Biopsy: An earlier
form of non-surgical biopsy, called a core needle biopsy, is
guided by stereotactic images and withdraws tissue through a
spring-loaded device fired into the breast. A single sample is obtained
each time the device is fired, so multiple insertions are needed to
obtain sufficient breast tissue. Usually, 10 to 20 samples are taken.
Open Surgical Biopsy: Until
the last few years, most biopsies were open surgical biopsies. First, a
radiologist places a wire into the breast via mammography, locating the
suspicious site. Then the surgeon, using the wire as a guide, makes an
incision in the breast and removes a large section of tissue (about the
size of a golf ball) for examination. Removal of such a large
piece of tissue can permanently disfigure the breast. The surgery
usually requires 1 day of recuperation at home.