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ATEC Breast Biopsy System for Ultrasound

Hologic is dedicated to being the leader in comprehensive solutions for ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. The ATEC breast biopsy system for ultrasound is just one of our several outstanding clinical intervention options.

Our flagship ATEC vacuum-assisted breast biopsy system is an all-in-one platform designed for use under ultrasound, MRI, stereotactic and 3D image guidance. It provides physicians a fast, safe and simple way to perform minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures. 


The ATEC breast biopsy system is a proven solution that enables physicians to provide an efficient, accurate and compassionate ultrasound breast biopsy. The ATEC system delivers the precision and control required with ultrasound-guidance and is FDA cleared for partial and complete removal of benign breast tissue.  

The ATEC system is:


  • Multiple tissues samples with a single insertion.
  • Tissue acquisition occurs every 4.5 seconds, typically lasting less than 30 seconds total.1
  • Easily delivers local anesthetic without interruption.
  • Saline lavage and constant aspiration assists in consistent core retrieval.


  • Closed system reduces contamination risk.
  • Fully disposable device and tubing minimizes staff and patient exposure to biohazards.


  • Seamless marker deployment when using an ATEC ultrasound introducer.
  • Simple one minute setup and clean-up.
  • No software required for user to program or operate the console.

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Saline lavage
  • Helps ensure consistent retrieval of high quality tissue samples. This feature has also been shown to reduce the rate of hematoma occurrence by 25%, as well as a reduction in the average size of hematoma.1


  • Enables physicians to automatically or manually deliver local anesthetic directly to the biopsy site without interrupting the procedure.

Standard ATEC biopsy device:

  • Gauge: 9 or 12 gauge.
  • Length: 9 or 12 cm.
  • Aperture: 20 mm.

ATEC ultrasound introducer

  • Designed to improve access to the biopsy site under ultrasound guidance, offering additional simplicity in marker deployment with any of our end-deploy ultrasound site markers.

1. Data on file with Hologic.