When you’ve been diagnosed with a brain tumor, there’s a great deal of information to take in all at once.
You may require a stereotactic biopsy of your tumor. First, it’s important to know that this is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to get a better diagnosis. The biopsy will help determine the right course of treatment for you.
“Stereotactic” means that your physician will get an accurate image of the size and shape of your tumor before performing the biopsy. A biopsy is a way to obtain a small sample of the tumor for study. This requires using a stereotactic frame, a special instrument that helps with navigation, or your physician may use surgical navigation.
During the procedure, an intraoperative MRI may be used, which makes it possible to see that the biopsy sample is coming from the desired target. It also helps your physician avoid critical areas of your brain. By taking a biopsy, your doctor can identify the exact type of tumor you have and make a more informed decision about your treatment.