AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 4 (April)

Advice for Coding a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy (April 1996)

April 1996 page 8 Coding Communication Advice for Coding a Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Stereotactic localization is a relatively recent advance in breast biopsy. In a stereotactic breast biopsy, at least two mammograms (ie, views) are taken at different angles. These views allow the suspicious area to be localized more accurately. Then, sometimes with computer assistance, a core biopsy needle is introduced into the abnormality to obtain a tissue sample. A stereotactic breast biopsy often may be a substitute for needle localization and excisional surgical biopsy, and most often confirms the presence of a benign lesion. Depending on the type...

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