The Outer Banks Hospital is now offering stereotactic breast biopsies. The procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities

Stereotactic breast biopsy is an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound. Using computer coordinates and x-rays taken from two different angles, the surgeon advances the needle into the lesion and removes tissue samples using a vacuum assisted device. Generally, the procedure is not painful and the results are as accurate as when a tissue sample is removed surgically

This minimally invasive breast biopsy technique is the procedure of choice for image-detected breast abnormalities such as: a suspicious solid mass, microcalcifications, a distortion in the structure of the breast tissue, an area of abnormal tissue change, a new mass or areas of calcium deposits at a previous surgery site.

Stereotactic breast biopsies will be scheduled on an out-patient basis in the hospital’s Ambulatory Medical Unit. Several surgeons on staff at the hospital can perform stereotactic biopsies.

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council donated funds from its annual black tie dinner dance and Get Pinked! campaign for the stereotactic biopsy equipment which will allow women on the Outer Banks to arrive at a definitive diagnosis utilizing a minimally invasive procedure.



The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is a subsidiary of University Health Systems Foundation in Greenville. The mission of the Council is to develop relationships and secure financial resources to support the health and wellness services of The Outer Banks Hospital. Council members have raised funds to underwrite the costs of projects from the opening a Cancer Resource Center located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital and purchasing technology and equipment for the identification and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

PHOTO CUTLINE: (L-R) Ed Heise, Director of Emergency Services, Ambulatory Medical Unit and Cardiology at The Outer Banks Hospital introduced Pat Sylvia, RN Charge Nurse of the AMU to the stereotactic breast biopsy components acquired by the hospital. The device offers a minimally invasive procedure that physicians can be use to detect breast abnormalities.