The CAMC Breast Center is the first of its kind established in West Virginia. Patients with an abnormal mammogram, ultrasound or any type of breast problem can be seen and evaluated within 24 hours by a breast specialist. The Breast Center setting is designed so patients can have most of the diagnostic tests needed during that same visit. Currently, the Breast Center offers patients the option of having a "biopsy without surgery" when needed, using the most advanced technology currently available in the country.
A "biopsy without surgery" means the patient undergoes this procedure using a needle only. The equipment used can be a special table with X-ray capabilities called a stereotactic table, or an ultrasound machine like the one used to check a baby in a pregnant patient. The spot that might need biopsy is pinpointed with a computer, which guides the needle to the precise location within the breast. The needle allows the physician to take tissue samples, which are then analyzed.
"Stereotactic breast biopsies allow us to see areas inside the breast that can only be seen with mammography. The patient can get a diagnosis of a breast lesion without having surgery," said Missy Bohan, nurse manager,CAMC Breast Center. "It's an outpatient procedure that takes only about 30 minutes to perform, is less invasive than a surgical biopsy and doesn't leave a scar."
While the Breast Center has been doing stereotactic biopsies for more than 10 years, their upgraded equipment has the latest technology with sharper imaging and a table designed with the patient's comfort in mind.