Getting mammogram results that show an abnormality can be scary for any woman and Sampson Regional Medical Center is doing their part by expanding their women’s diagnostic services.
Every year in Sampson County, there are approximately 65 cases of breast cancer reported, most requiring some type of biopsy to be preformed to collect tissue samplings. SRMC’s diagnostic services now include a stereotiactic breast biopsy.
According to Jill Cairney, professional recruitment and marketing coordinator for the hospital, stereotactic breast biopsies are a minimally-invasive procedure completed by a trained general surgeon. The purpose of these biopsies is to obtain a more accurate sampling of breast tissue from a suspected abnormality found in a mammogram, such as a suspicious solid mass.
“Sampson Regional Medical Center is extremely excited to offer stereotactic breast biopsy services to the women of our community,” Laura Honeycutt, director of Radiology, said. “Women will no longer have to travel outside of Sampson County to receive this valuable service.”
According to Cairney, a stereotactic breast biopsy is an image-guided biopsy that uses a computer to guide a needle to a breast abnormality. The computer uses stereo-imaging to take two images of the breast to produce a three-dimensional location coordinate of the breast abnormality, which the needle is then inserted to retrieve a tissue sample.
This procedure, Cairney added, is less invasive than the previously completed surgical biopsy, leaving little or no scarring on the patient. The procedure is much faster, typically taking no longer than 15 minutes to complete. The recovery time for a stereotactic breast biopsy is also shorter than a surgical biopsy.
Many of the abnormalities that have to be more closely examined, do not have breast cancer, rather are a benign condition; stereotactic breast biopsy allows a surgeon to spare the patient from scarring and discomfort associated with traditional surgical breast biopsy, and allows the patient to immediately resume their normal daily activities.
“Women who receive their yearly recommended mammogram can have confidence in our local physicians to determine the cause of an abnormality found,” Honeycutt stated. “Yearly, routine mammograms are offered at Sampson Regional Medical Center and do not require a physician’s order.”
According to Cairney, there are many benefits of having a stereotactic breast biopsy done rather than a traditional surgical biopsy. The minimally invasive procedures are simple and safe; provide minimal discomfort, with little or no pain; no stitches needed (incision is so small only a bandage is used); and a quick recovery.
The biopsy are usually done within an hour and are performed in a comfortable outpatient setting. Results from these procedures are very accurate and leaves no defect in the breast or make future mammograms difficult to read by distorting the breast tissue.
“Early detection of cancer is critical to produce the best prognosis for the patient,” Dr. Mariana Mendible, general surgeon with Sampson Surgical Services, said. “We want to provide the technology and procedures needed to deliver early cancer detection in order to provide the best possible outcome for the patient.”
For more information about stereotactic breast biopsy please call the diagnostic center at 910-592-2689 or the surgical services clinic at 910-596-6113.
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