Stereotactic biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that uses imaging guidance to obtain tissue samples from suspicious areas of the body, such as breast or brain lesions. The procedure involves the use of a stereotactic device to precisely locate the area of interest, after which a biopsy needle is inserted to obtain tissue samples for analysis.
The clinical uses of stereotactic biopsy are primarily in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer, as well as in the diagnosis of brain tumors and other lesions in the central nervous system. Stereotactic biopsy is particularly useful when a lesion is too small to be felt during a physical exam, or when it is difficult to obtain tissue samples using other imaging techniques.
Stereotactic biopsy is a safe and effective procedure that can provide important diagnostic information without the need for more invasive surgery.
Overall, stereotactic biopsy is a valuable tool for healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of various conditions, particularly in the detection and staging of breast cancer and the diagnosis of brain tumors and other lesions in the central nervous system. By providing detailed information about the nature of suspicious lesions, stereotactic biopsy can help guide treatment decisions and improve patient outcomes.