Vacuum Assisted Biopsy (VAB)
The VAB device (a mammotome) is an extremely useful instrument which is used for diagnosing very small lesions with 100% accuracy and is also used to remove benign lumps/lesions without a surgery. It is a painless, stitchless and scarless procedure and is done under local anesthesia. It is done in the OPD (in-house), therefore requiring no hospitalisation, and is done in 5 minutes, after which the woman can go home. This process actually allows us to biopsy very tiny lesions of 0.2mm-0.3mm in size or even calcifications* in the breast which may be indicators of very early cancer or precancerous lesions. This also gives the opportunity to remove benign lumps like fibroids, papillomas and complexcysts without a scar, under local anesthesia in a day care or an OPD setup. This procedure gives nearly 100% accuracy in diagnosing breast diseases.
Calcifications* – Accumulation of calcium salts in the breast.