A 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.