When is breast stereotactic needle biopsy indicated?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Hemant Singhal, MD, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCSC; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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The main application of stereotactic needle biopsy is in sampling nonpalpable breast lesions. It also has an important role in the biopsy of small, indistinct lesions, particularly those occurring in association with surgical scarring, fibrosis, or prosthetic implants. [12, 13]

A further indication is for repeat biopsy in cases in which previous biopsy results are inconclusive. This situation often occurs when the tumor has both benign and malignant or preinvasive components.


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