When lumps or abnormalities are detected in the breast during mammography or other imaging methods, a breast biopsy may be needed to determine whether it's cancerous.
A breast biopsy is a highly accurate, minimally invasive method for locating the abnormality and removing a tissue sample for investigation. It's typically used when the abnormality is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate by hand. The procedure is performed by a specially trained radiologist or surgeon using either stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance.
How You Benefit
An image-guided breast biopsy is typically an outpatient procedure with very rare complications. It's less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. The image guidance allows the radiologist or surgeon to biopsy the abnormality while avoiding nearby blood vessels and vital organs. It's also an effective way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses.