Aspirus Divine Savior Upgrades Breast Biopsy Technology and Capabilities

Early detection and a fast, accurate diagnosis are key to overcoming breast cancer. 

Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital and Clinics is now offering 3D™-guided breast biopsy, an advanced, minimally invasive technique utilizing the Hologic® Affirm™ Upright Breast Biopsy System. 

A biopsy is done when mammograms or other imaging studies determine that a breast change is suspicious, and an accurate diagnosis is necessary. If the biopsy determines that abnormality is indeed cancer, determining the size and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease. 

“We are pleased to offer this advanced technology to the women in our community,” said Dr. Joshua Pogorelec, a General Surgeon at Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital. “It offers several key advantages over standard X-ray biopsy procedures, including faster targeting and fewer X-ray exposures, resulting in shorter patient procedure time and reduced patient dose.” 

Biopsy times vary depending on each patient’s situation. Typically, the total time in the doctor’s office for a 3D™biopsy is 45 minutes from the time you enter the exam room until you leave. The actual procedure to locate and collect the tissue samples is about 15 minutes. This includes the time it takes for the doctor to remove tissue, which is usually less than one minute. 

Dr. Pogorelec and Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital and Clinics remind all women aged 40 and over of the importance of having a yearly mammogram. For more information or to schedule, call 608-742-4131, visit or use the MyAspirus app.