Thanks to technology available at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hosptial Cleburne, women in Johnson County and surrounding areas who need a breast biopsy following a suspicious mammogram have a less-invasive option.
In the past, women whose mammograms revealed suspicious tissue had to undergo surgical breast biopsy to determine if the area was cancerous or benign. Because of the advanced technology of stereotactic breast biopsy, biopsies for tumors too small to feel can be done quickly and precisely at the hospital. Using a vacuum-assisted tool, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Recovery time is generally only 15 minutes.
"Compared to an incisional biopsy, a stereotactic breast biopsy offers a less expensive, less-traumatic way to detect breast cancer in its early stages," said Bing Obaldo, M.D., radiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne.
For the majority of women whose biopsies come back benign, this procedure virtually eliminates the pain and scarring that accompanies having a larger sample of tissue removed during a traditional incisional biopsy.
"Stereotactic breast biopsy helps eliminate unnecessary trips to the operating room," said Henry Nance, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., general surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Cleburne. "We're excited to offer this advanced procedure close to home."
The hospital is also equipped with the latest in digital imaging with a new diagnostic room and advanced computed tomography scan capabilities to enhance cancer diagnosis.
"A stereotactic breast biopsy is the most advanced, patient-friendly way to diagnose small lesions," said Lee Lennington, A.R.R.T., director of radiology.
Call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) to schedule a screening.