Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions.

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Is a biopsy using a Mammotome breast biopsy device accurate?
Yes, a vacuum-assisted biopsy procedure with a Mammotome biopsy device is highly accurate in helping your doctor diagnose various breast abnormalities. Physicians have performed over 10 million breast procedures using the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System since its introduction in 1995.
How large will the skin incision in my breast be with a Mammotome biopsy device?
A Mammotome probe is inserted into the breast through a ┬╝ inch incision. The incision does not require stitches, just a small adhesive bandage.
Will I have a scar from the vacuum-assisted biopsy procedure?
A Mammotome breast biopsy device will minimize scarring. With an open surgical procedure, there is a possibility of scarring and disfigurement.
Will I be conscious during the procedure?
Yes, a Mammotome breast biopsy device requires only local anesthesia.
Will I have to be hospitalized?
No, it is an outpatient procedure.
Will I be able to feel the biopsy site marker?
No, a biopsy site marker, designed to permanently mark the biopsy site, is very small. You will not feel it once it is in place.