Desert Rose Women's Center - Santa Fe Imaging

American College of Radiology Breast BiopsyA breast biopsy is preformed when suspected irregular growths in the breast require lab analysis to determine what type of cells are involved. During a biopsy a sample of breast tissue is taken to check a suspicious area found on a mammogram, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Stereotactic-Guided Breast Biopsy:

The stereotactic table is specially designed so that you can lie face-down with one breast positioned through a hole in the table. Two digital x-ray images are taken from different angles, allowing the radiologist to precisely localize the area to biopsied. Once the area has been located, the radiologist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, and then uses computer guidance for precise needle placement and collection of small tissue samples.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy:

The radiologist uses ultrasound to locate the area for biopsy and to direct the needle used in collecting breast tissue samples.

Both methods can be as accurate as a surgical biopsy and are performed on an outpatient basis, taking less than 40 minutes to perform and requiring no stitches. Furthermore, the patient can resume normal, non-strenuous activities immediately after the procedure is done. The samples are sent to the pathology lab for analysis. Results are usually available within 48 hours.

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy:

We can perform a standard needle biopsy in the MRI suite if a lesion is detected only on a Breast MRI exam, and this can be performed in under an hour.