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Mobile biopsy unit rolls into Brunswick Community Hospital

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SUPPLY—A new service offered at Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply is on the move.

Every other week, a mobile stereotactic breast biopsy center will arrive at the hospital, making it more convenient for Brunswick County residents to receive this less-invasive biopsy procedure in the county.

Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said the mobile biopsy unit makes it easier and less expensive for women who may have a suspicious mammogram or a small breast lump to visit the mobile biopsy unit rather than travel to another county for the same procedure.

Dr. Richard DeSandre, a surgeon trained in stereotactic biopsies, said this mobile method is just as reliable as the traditional method, but it is more convenient for the patient.

DeSandre says the stereotactic method requires less time in the hospital, less recovery time, less scarring and less discomfort for the patient.

“And there is no real difference in the candidate for the traditional versus the stereotactic,” he said.

“This is shown to be just as accurate.”

DeSandre, who was on hand at the mobile unit’s open house last week, said the mobile biopsy unit is especially convenient for Brunswick County’s growing number of retirees.

The average patient, DeSandre says, will spend a little more than one hour in the mobile unit for a stereotactic biopsy, while a traditional biopsy requires a three-to four-hour-hospital visit.

The mobile unit first arrived at Brunswick Community Hospital in January, Myers said. Three surgeons recently completed the training and are qualified to perform the stereotactic biopsy, she said.

In addition to DeSandre, Richard Scallion and Mark Tillotson, of Brunswick Surgical Associates and radiologist Michael McCullough, of Delaney Radiology are trained in stereotactic biopsies, Myers said.

This stereotactic mobile biopsy unit is the only one in Brunswick County, DeSandre said.