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vacuum-assisted core biopsy (VA-kyoom-uh-SIS-ted … BY-op-see)

A procedure in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the breast. An imaging device
is used to guide a hollow probe connected to a vacuum device. The probe is inserted through a
tiny cut made in numbed skin on the breast. The tissue sample is removed using gentle vacuum suction and a small rotating knife within the probe. Then the tissue sample is studied under a microscope to check for signs of disease. This procedure causes very little scarring and no stitches are needed. Also called VACB and vacuum-assisted biopsy.

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