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Mammotome Breast Biopsy Devices

A breast biopsy using one of Mammotome’s vacuum-assisted breast biopsy devices can help a doctor make a highly accurate breast cancer diagnosis without the need for open breast biopsy surgery. Through the use of computer imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, or MRI), a breast abnormality can be clearly identified and mapped, even in its earliest stages. Digital imaging enables a physician to guide the Mammotome probe into the breast to gently collect tissue samples through one small ¼-inch incision.

With a Mammotome biopsy device, a breast biopsy can be performed in an outpatient setting or a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. A doctor can make a precise analysis with minimal pain, scarring and recovery time for the patient. The entire procedure generally takes less than an hour, and the patient can return to her normal daily activity immediately afterward.

What You Should Know
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System has been used in over 5 million procedures worldwide. It is minimally invasive and causes little discomfort. Yet, Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are highly accurate in helping your doctor diagnose a variety of breast abnormalities, from those you can feel (palpable lesions) to those you cannot feel (non-palpable lesions).

Diagnoses of samples obtained with Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are highly reliable, but unlike an open surgical biopsy, Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices let you have your biopsy in a procedure room or doctor’s office rather than an operating room. And your incision will be so small that it will not require stitches.

Advantages
A breast biopsy using one of Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices can help a doctor make a highly accurate diagnosis of a breast abnormality without the need for open surgery. Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices can also be used for a non-cancerous breast lump such as a fibroadenoma. A lump may be reduced in size at the same time it is biopsied, often to the point where the lump may no longer be seen under ultrasound or felt during self-examination.

Risks and Complications
Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are intended for diagnostic use only and are not indicated for therapeutic use. Use of the Mammotome instruments is contraindicated for those patients where increased risk or complications may be associated with core removal or biopsy based upon the physician’s judgment. Patients receiving anticoagulant therapy or who may have bleeding disorders may be at increased risk. As with any breast biopsy procedure, a breast biopsy with Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices may present risks. Patients should consult with their doctors to discuss which type of breast biopsy procedure is appropriate for them.

 

How It Works

Through the use of imaging methods such as X-ray or ultrasound, a breast abnormality or breast lump can be detected, even in its earliest stages. Using the same imaging methods, a physician can guide a Mammotome probe into a suspicious area of the breast to gently collect the abnormal tissue through one small, ¼-inch incision.

With Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices, a breast biopsy can be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. A doctor can make a precise analysis with minimal pain, scarring and recovery time for the patient. The biopsy procedure takes less than an hour, and the patient can return to her normal daily activity immediately afterward.

Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices can also be used for fibroadenomas (non-cancerous breast lumps). Women facing fibroadenomas can now receive care in a doctor’s office rather than having the lump removed by invasive surgery in an operating room.

What You Can Expect
Before a biopsy procedure with a Mammotome breast biopsy device, you will be given a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. The procedure typically takes less than one hour, and you will be able to resume your normal activity immediately afterward.

  • During the procedure, you will either lie on your back, lie face down, or remain sitting on a specially designed table.
  • The Mammotome probe is inserted only once through a ¼ inch incision in your breast.
  • Once the probe is positioned at the area of concern, it gently vacuums, cuts and removes tissue for examination and evaluation.
  • To monitor your breast health, your doctor may place a Biopsy Site Identifier to mark the biopsy site for future follow-up. This tissue marker is very small and you will not be able to feel it once it is placed in your breast.
  • The single incision is closed with a small adhesive bandage.

 

Mammotome FAQs

Q. Is a biopsy using a Mammotome breast biopsy device accurate?
A. Yes, a Mammotome vacuum-assisted biopsy procedure is highly accurate in helping your doctor diagnose various breast abnormalities. Physicians have performed over 5 million breast procedures using Mammotome’s Breast Biopsy System since its introduction in 1995.

Q. How large will the skin incision in my breast be with a Mammotome biopsy device?
A. A Mammotome probe is inserted into the breast through a ¼ inch incision. The incision does not require stitches, just a small adhesive bandage.

Q. Will I have a scar from the vacuum-assisted biopsy procedure?
A. Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices will minimize scarring. With an open surgical procedure, there is a possibility of scarring and disfiguration.

Q. Will I be conscious during the procedure?
A. Yes, Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices require only local anesthesia.

Q. Will I have to be hospitalized?
A. No, it is an outpatient procedure.

Q. Will I be able to feel the Biopsy Site Identifier/Tissue Marker?
A. No, the biopsy Site Identifier, designed to permanently mark the biopsy site, is very small. You will not feel it once it is in place.

 

Mammotome Facts

  • Since 1996, more than 5 million women worldwide have had a successful procedure using Mammotome’s Breast Biopsy System.
  • Breast biopsies using Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are performed in an outpatient setting or doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
  • Patients can return to normal daily activity immediately following a breast biopsy using one of Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices.
  • Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices can be used to biopsy breast abnormalities in x-ray, ultrasound and MRI imaging modalities.
  • Tissue samples collected using Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are as reliable as open surgical biopsies and more accurate than core needle biopsies in the diagnosis of conditions associated with early breast cancer.
  • Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices are suitable for sampling breast abnormalities including microcalcifications, spiculated masses, asymmetric densities, multifocal disease and diffuse tissue.
  • In 2003, Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices also received clearance for fibroadenomas (non-cancerous breast lumps). Millions of women can now receive care in a doctor’s office with Mammotome’s breast biopsy devices rather than having the lump removed by invasive surgery in an operating room.