Precision mammographic needle biopsy system
Mammographic screening and biopsy apparatus
Prone position stereotactic mammography needle biopsy apparatus and method for using the same
Sonography and biopsy apparatus Patent #: 5820552
ApplicationNo. 816437 filed on 03/26/2001
US Classes:378/209, Table or couch5/601, Adapted for imaging (e.g., X-ray, MRI)378/37, Mammography378/208Object holder or support
ExaminersPrimary: Kim, Robert H.
Assistant: Ho, Allen C.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassA61B 006/04
AbstractA folding mammography table having a folding thorax support hingedly attached to an upper base. The upper base is attached to a lower base by a means for adjusting the height of the upper base over the lower base. In use, the folding mammography table is sized to accommodate a mammography patient. Then the folding mammography table is folded down into the folded configuration, wherein the folding thorax support is disposed substantially horizontal. The mammography patient is then positioned on the folding mammography table, with one breast pendulously extending through a breast orifice in the folding thorax support. Gravity causes the breast to extend downwards, and X-rays are then taken of the breast. In folding mammography table embodiments incorporating two breast orifices, a breast orifice cover is used to block the breast orifice associated with a breast whose X-ray is not being taken, in order to prevent the non-X-rayed breast from interfering with the photography of the breast which is being X-rayed.