Stereotactic Breast Biopsy aka Boob Hole Torture Table

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PSA: If you ever have to get a stereotactic breast biopsy make sure the boob they are not stabbing is safely tucked away and protected from the hole.

My mammograms and ultrasound showed a suspicious mass and microcalcifications, a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits that are associated with extra breast cell activity and may indicate early cancer.

There are two types of stereotactic breast biopsies: vacuum-assisted device (VAD) which uses a vacuum powered instrument to collect multiple tissue samples during one needle insertion and core needle (CN) which uses a large hollow needle to remove one sample of breast tissue per insertion. It's only been 4 days since I had mine and I have completely forgotten which one I had, hence why I'm starting this blog so I can remember this crap.

The most uncomfortable part of the procedure is supposed to be neck and back pain from lying on the concave table. They warn you that it will take several attempts to get your boob in the right position before they start collecting tissue samples. It took 8 repositioning and scans to finally find the right angle to get to my lump. On the 2nd repositioning the nurse caught my other nipple in the machine, slicing it open and taking a nick out of my left nipple. "She didn't see it". The pain from that was so bad that the actual stabbing of the biopsy completely paled in comparison. The whole thing took almost an hour on the table.

As I laid on the table in blood, tears and searing pain, my doctor said they were able to get the samples they needed and they were going to insert the titanium marker to indicate the area they biopsied. I had to wait another 15 minutes in the hole with applied pressure to stop the bleeding from the biopsied area. I was listening to my Thumbprint Radio Station on Pandora and Madilyn Bailey's version of "Titanium" came on.

I have a new theme song.

You shout it loud, but I can't hear a word you say
I'm talking loud, not saying much
I'm criticized, but all your bullets ricochet
you shoot me down, but I get up
I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose

fire away, fire away
ricochet, you take your aim
fire away, fire away
you shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
you shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
Cut me down, but it's you who'll have further to fall

Ghost town and haunted love
Raise your voice, sticks and stones may break my bones
I'm talking loud, not saying much
I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
fire away, fire away
ricochet, you take your aim

fire away, fire away
you shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
you shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
I am titanium
I am titanium
Stone hard, machine gun
Fired at the ones who run
Stone hard, as bulletproof glass

You shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down, but I won't fall

I am titanium
You shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
I am titanium


Written by Sia, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort and Afrojack




I found radiologyinfo.org a great resource for Stereotactic Breast Biopsy if you need more information.

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