JOPLIN, MO.-- Women don't always have to go under surgery for doctors to get a sample of suspicious breast tissue. A vacuum assisted biopsy is an alternative choice to a surgical biopsy.
"It uses vacuum to retrieve the sample," states Dr. John Williams, Freeman Radiologist.
No knife or anesthesia is needed. The procedure simply uses a needle to suction tissue.
"I can get as many samples as I need with one placement of the needle and then remove the needle and place a band-aid, making it basically a band-aid type procedure," states Dr. Williams.
Doctors are guided by a mammogram, ultrasound or mri to ensure they place the needle in the correct area.
"We can actually see the suspicious tissue being obtained and we can avoid damaging the normal tissue," says Dr. Williams
The minimally invasive biopsy is beneficial in even the more complicated procedures, including cystic lesions, abnormal lymph nodes, and classifications.
"This device addresses those issues very easily, and makes the difficult biopsy much easier," states Dr. John Williams, Freeman Radiologist.
The vacuum-assisted biopsy takes less than an hour, causes little scarring and can completely remove small abnormalities. If surgery is needed to treat any precancerous abnormality, the procedure provides more accurate information for surgeons.