SLU Hospital First to Offer 3-D Breast Cancer Biopsies

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saint Louis University Hospital is the first in the nation to offer a new tool in breast cancer diagnosis.

3-D biopsies now allow radiologists to better access and find abnormalities detected after 3-D mammograms. Up until now, biopsies had to be performed surgically.

SLU Care breast radiologist and SSM Health’s director of breast imaging Dr. Debbie Bennett says the new biopsy tool is quick, cheap and as easy as filling a cavity.

She says “The real benefit is that it saves women, potentially, an unnecessary surgery. So instead of having to fast the night before, go through an actual surgery with incisions, stitches and anesthesia, they just come in and it’s about a 15- or 20-minute procedure.”

The procedure is a needle biopsy, which is much faster and cheaper than traditional biopsies with less recovery time. Bennett says her patients have tolerated it very well so far.

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