Breast Biopsies

A breast biopsy is the removal of tissue from the breast to examine it for disease. Some breast biopsies may remove a small tissue sample with a needle while others may surgically remove a suspicious nodule or lump.

Rye Radiology offers a number of state of the art types of breast biopsies including.


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.

MRI guided breast biopsy is minimally invasive and a safe procedure.

Learn more about MRI Guided Breast Biopsies.


3D Tomosynthesis Breast Biopsy

A 3D Tomosynthesis 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


In a  3D Tomosynthesis Breast Biopsy, 


  • 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

Learn more about Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy


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