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Stereotactic breast biopsy

Advanced breast care service available at HSHS St. Joseph's in Highland

Woman doctor comforting female patient

The same technology used in top U.S. breast cancer centers is now available to you at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Stereotactic guided breast biopsy uses state-of-the-art technology to quickly obtain a sample under only local anesthesia through a very small opening in the skin. The procedure typically lasts less than a minute, and you’ll have little to no recovery time.

  • Samples are obtained through a very small incision in the skin
  • Typically no need for post-biopsy stitches
  • Minimal procedure and recovery time
  • Most patients return to daily activities immediately following the procedure
  • Requires only a local anesthetic
More than 1.4 million women find lumps in their breasts every year. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Illinois women, but to know whether a growth is cancerous, a biopsy - or sample - of suspicious cells in the breast may be taken. Up to 80% of lumps are benign, and taking samples of the abnormal area allows specialists to examine the cells under a microscope to make a diagnosis. Stereotactic biopsies use an image such as that from x-ray to guide the hollow needle that removes the cells.
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital performs biopsies as part of the comprehensive Cancer Care Program at SJH. She is a specialist in cancer and blood diseases who is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology.

The HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Cancer Care Program is provided through a partnership with Cancer Care Specialists of Central Illinois, S.C. (CCSCI) – the largest cancer-focused interdisciplinary medical practice in Illinois outside of Chicago.