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Breast Biopsies

MRI Guided Biopsy

MRI is highly sensitive for detecting invasive breast cancers as well as early stage in-situ ductal cancers. MRI of the breast is used as a screening tool for high-risk patients and those with a strong family history of breast cancer. MRI breast biopsy uses computer technology to guide a core needle to a breast abnormality seen on MRI only – an abnormality that cannot be felt on physical examination nor seen by mammogram or ultrasound of the breast.

 

What to Expect:
The procedure is simple, safe and requires little recovery time with minimal scarring to the breast. Local anesthesia is given to the skin and deeper breast tissue. After the anesthesia, a small incision is made to introduce the sampling needle. Using a gentle vacuuming technique, the radiologist removes tissue samples, which are sent for evaluation by the pathologist.
After the procedure is completed, stitches are not necessary. Steri-strips are placed on the tiny skin incision and after care instructions are given to the patient. The patient will then return to our office the next day for the physician to check the biopsy site and discuss the results.

 

How to Prepare:
MRI guided breast biopsy is minimally invasive and a safe procedure. There is a small risk of bleeding with any type of biopsy. For this reason, if you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners, we ask that you stop taking them seven days before the procedure with your doctor’s approval. Please inform our staff if you have any history of bleeding problems or are taking blood thinners.

 

3D Tomosynthesis Breast Biopsy

A 3D Tomosynthesis Breast Biopsy may be recommended if you have:

 

A Stereotactic Breast Biopsy may be recommended if you have:

  • A distortion or change in your breast tissue
  • A suspicious solid mass
  • A new worrisome calcium deposit

 

What to Expect:

 

  • Your breast will be compressed similar to a mammogram.
  • A 3D image of your breast will be taken to identify the biopsy area
  • Your breast will be numbed with a local anesthetic
  • A needle will be inserted into your breast to retrieve small tissue samples
  • Your doctor may take additional images of the area
  • A small marker may be placed in the biopsy site to help identify the area in future exams

Watch our video to learn more

 

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy

Ultrasound guided breast biopsy is a quick, non-surgical office procedure for obtaining tissue samples from suspicious breast abnormalities found on an ultrasound.

 

The minimally invasive procedure is performed with local anesthesia to the skin and deeper breast tissue. After the anesthetic is given, the physician makes a small incision in the breast. Multiple samples are taken from the biopsy site and sent to the pathologist to study. A tissue marker is frequently deployed into the biopsy site for future follow-up.

 

An Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy may be recommended if you have:

  • A distortion or change in your breast tissue
  • A suspicious solid mass

 

What to Expect:
After the procedure, steri-strips are placed on the tiny skin incision and aftercare instructions are given to the patient. The patient returns the next day for the physician to check the biopsy site and review the results of the test.

 

How to Prepare:
Although ultrasound guided breast biopsy is minimally invasive, there is a small risk of bleeding whenever a biopsy is performed. For this reason, if you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners, we ask that you stop taking them seven days before the procedure with your doctor’s approval. Please inform our staff if you have any history of bleeding disorders or are taking blood thinners.