Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad St?ppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is a tissue sampling technique that uses a special instrument and imaging guidance to remove samples of breast tissue through a single, small skin incision. This technique allows the surgeon to remove more tissue through a single incision than is possible with a traditional core biopsy and is a much less invasive procedure than an open surgical biopsy. For these reasons, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is becoming more common as a diagnostic tool in the management of breast lumpsand abnormalities.