March 25, 2014
First in Arizona, state-of-the-art biopsy technique provides many advantages for women including less radiation, faster procedure time and the option to be seated for the biopsy.
John C. Lincoln Health Network's Breast Health and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave., is the first in Arizona to offer 3D-guided breast biopsy. This advanced, minimally invasive biopsy technique complements the 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) system currently used for the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Using tomosynthesis imaging for biopsy guidance allows the localization and accurate targeting of lesions that can be difficult to detect with traditional stereotactic imaging and biopsy techniqes.
"The new biopsy technique has several key advantages over standard 2D biopsy procedures, including faster targeting and fewer X-ray exposures, resulting in shorter patient procedure time and reduced radiation for the patient," said Linda Greer, MD, a radiologist and medical director of the Breast Health and Research Center. "Patients who've previously had biopsies see a huge difference with this technique."
With the Hologic 3D system able to find more invasive breast cancers as compared to 2D mammography imaging, the Breast Health and Research Center now has the ability to biopsy small areas of interest that may not be visible using other imaging techniques.
"This state-of-the-art technology is affirmation of our commitment to the early detection and diagnosis of cancer," said Sherry Gage, RTRM, director of the Breast Health and Research Center. "We are excited to be the first in the state to offer this amazing technology."
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