OVMC Introduces Latest Biopsy Technology

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Women's Center at Ohio Valley Medical Center now uses the latest technology when performing breast biopsies.  

This upgrade from the previous breast biopsy table to the Mammotest Plus-S System provides an alternative to biopsies previously performed in traditional operating rooms. With the advancement in the breast biopsy table, patients now experience clearer results, smaller incisions, quicker recovery and more comfort during the biopsy procedure.

"Once a patient receives a questionable mammogram and needs a biopsy procedure, a needle biopsy using the Mammotest Plus-S biopsy table is the preferred approach," said Shawn Ware, breast care coordinator at OVMC.

As breast care coordinator, Ware provides individualized guidance to patients, who have recently received questionable mammograms, through testing, treatment, and support services to ensure patients navigate through the health care system quickly.

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

Ware said a breast biopsy is performed to remove some tissue with the calcification or nodule, and the core biopsy procedure is an outpatient procedure that only requires a small knick in the skin as opposed to the larger incision that normally occurs in an operating room.  While not all patients are candidates for the core biopsy procedure, Ware said they are treating more patients on the new table whom they would otherwise have to send to the operating room.

Typically, a radiologist and a surgeon perform the core biopsy procedure in The Women's Center at OVMC. Ware notes that the resolution of the images used with the  new system are 70 percent higher contrast resolution than previous methods, which means physicians can see the abnormalities more clearly for better sampling.

"The table set up allows us to perform core biopsies on calcifications or nodular findings that would normally be difficult to access," said Ware.

Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities.