Pre-Operative Hook-wire Localization
Hook-wire localization is a mammographically-guided procedure performed to help guide a surgeon to a lump that will be surgically excised. It is done immediately before a surgical biopsy. This procedure is minimally painful and is associated with very minimal risks.
A follow up to further assess a lump found on mammography using sound waves to produce an image of the internal structures.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A procedure that offers a minimally invasive way of diagnosing a suspicious finding. To undergo a stereotactic breast biopsy, a woman is given a local anesthetic on the impacted skin and placed on her stomach in a special mammography unit. A computer assists your surgeon in guiding a special biopsy needle into the suspicious area using digital imaging guidance. Very small core biopsies of the breast are taken. The procedure is brief, minimally painful. The removed tissue is sent to pathology for a complete evaluation.
Some Risk Factors to be aware of include:
A family history of breast cancer (particularly a mother, sister or daughter)
A previous diagnosis of cancer in one breast
A prior abnormal breast biopsy
Menstruation before 12 and menopause after 55
Giving birth later in life or being childless
Taking hormone replacement therapy
Having dense breast tissue