A breast biopsy is a simple and safe procedure performed in the office by our team of breast Imaging specialists. There are three types of Breast Biopsies that you may need depending on the recommendation of the radiologist.

breast biopsyPerformed Under MRI

MRI Guided Core Breast Biopsies

  • The Breast Biopsy Procedure: On the day of your biopsy you will be asked to undress and put on a gown. You will then be laying on your stomach. An initial Breast MRI will be taken to determine the exact location of the Biopsy. The radiologist will then come into the room, sterilize the breast and the area will then be numbed with a local anesthetic injected into the breast with a small, thin needle. A small incision will be made and the biopsy instrument will be inserted. As the samples are taken, you may hear a “click” from the biopsy devise. Several samples will be taken to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible. A marker will then be placed at the location of the biopsy and another scan will be performed.
  • Before the Breast Biopsy Procedure: Discuss any medications you are taking with your physician. You may be asked to discontinue use of blood-thinning medications including aspirin and aspirin-like products, a number of days prior to your biopsy procedure.
  • After The Breast Biopsy Procedure: Once the biopsy is complete the radiologist will decide if a marker is needed to place in the spot where the biopsy was taken. You will need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the remainder of the day. You may experience some discomfort and notice some bruising of the area that usually disappears within five to seven days. You will also have your results within 2 days following the procedure.

Performed Under Ultrasound

Ultrasound Guided Core Breast Biopsies

  • The Breast Biopsy Procedure: On the day of your biopsy you will be asked to undress and put on a gown. The radiologist will then use the ultrasound probe to locate the exact area that needs to have the biopsy. The area will then be numbed with a local anesthetic injected into the breast with a small, thin needle. A small incision will be made and the biopsy instrument will be inserted. As the samples are taken, you may hear a “click” from the biopsy devise. Several samples will be taken to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible.
  • Before the Breast Biopsy Procedure: Discuss any medications you are taking with your physician. You may be asked to discontinue use of blood-thinning medications including aspirin and aspirin-like products, a number of days prior to your biopsy procedure.
  • After The Breast Biopsy Procedure: Once the biopsy is complete the radiologist will decide if a marker is needed to place in the spot where the biopsy was taken. You will need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the remainder of the day. You may experience some discomfort and notice some bruising of the area that usually disappears within five to seven days. You will also have your results within 2 days following the procedure.

Performed Under Mammography

Stereotactic Breast Biopsies

  • The Breast Biopsy Procedure: Advanced computer imaging technology is used to map the precise location of the area of interest in the breast that was seen on your mammogram. On the day of your biopsy you will be asked to undress and will be given a gown. The Technologist will position you in an upright position in our biopsy chair. Your Breast will be slightly compressed and held in a fixed position to ensure the accuracy of the procedure. X-Ray Images will be taken, and special software will map the exact location where tissue samples will be taken. The area will then be numbed with a local anesthetic injected into the breast with a small, thin needle. A small incision will be made and the biopsy instrument will be inserted. As the samples are taken, you may hear a “click” from the biopsy devise. Several samples will be taken to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible.
  • Before the Breast Biopsy Procedure: Discuss any medications you are taking with your physician. You may be asked to discontinue use of blood-thinning medications including aspirin and aspirin-like products, a number of days prior to your biopsy procedure.
  • After the Breast Biopsy Procedure: Immediately following the procedure, you will need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the remainder of the day. You may experience some discomfort and notice some bruising of the area that usually disappears within five to seven days. You will also have your results within 2 days following the procedure.