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Ffdm full field digital mammography

Stereotactic biopsy - simpler, safer, quicker

A mammogram, or just palpation can detect a lump or other abnormality in the breast, but a lump or lesion by itself may not be a cause for alarm. Doctors will need to know what kind of mass it is, to decide on an appropriate method of treatment.

Conventionally, once an abnormality has been detected, a small amount of tissue from the area is taken by means of a fine needle, and sent for a biopsy. Often, the mass is so tiny that it's hard to direct the needle to the exact spot. Also, the tissues collected might not be from the specific abnormality, but from the immediate area, which means the result may not be accurate.

Advancements in medical technology has resulted in the development of the Stereotactic (Mammographically guided) biopsy, which can guide the radiologists instruments to the suspicious spot with full accuracy, The stereotic biopsy is performed using Full Field Digital Mammography equipment.

It is a minimally-invasive, image guided procedure, which needs only a local anesthetic. The removed specimen will be examined by a pathologist, who will give his diagnosis.

Some Benefits of FFDM (Full Field Digital Mammography):

-  Stereotactic biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy, and leaves little or no scarring.

-  It takes less time.

-  It is the best way to evaluate calcium deposits which are too small to show up even on an ultrasound machine.

-  It can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

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