How They Work

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 a Mammotome biopsy device, 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.

A Mammotome breast biopsy device 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 activities 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