The use of a new body stereotactic system to facilitate magnetic resonance (MR) guided biopsies is described. A skin entry point is first found using a localizer MR scan. The articulating arm of the stereotactic unit is then used to aim the MR needle at the entry point and accurately maintain the needle at the correct angle to intersect the target area. Complex angles may be used to allow needle passes outside the scan plane. This is accomplished by angling the arm out of the plane of the section.