A breast biopsy is a procedure used to locate tissue to be removed for further study under a microscope.
Abnormalities in the breast tissue, such as a suspicious mass, are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies such as MRI and ultrasound. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is potentially cancerous. Your physician may determine that it is appropriate to perform a stereotactic, or image-guided, breast biopsy to remove some cells from a suspicious area in the breast for further examination under a microscope. This may help in the determination of proper diagnosis and treatment.
In a stereotactic breast biopsy procedure, a mammographically-guided machine uses ionizing radiation which helps to guide the physician to the site of the abnormal tissue.
Ultrasound may also be used to guide a breast biopsy procedure. This procedure is known as an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy procedure.
Prior to your visit:
· Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
· Please contact your physician if you are taking a blood thinner or aspirin daily. Your physician may ask you to discontinue this a few days prior to your appointment.
On the day of your visit:
· Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
· We recommend you wear separates so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up. Please refrain from using any deodorant, lotions, powders, perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso or arms, as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study.
· It is important to notify your technologist is you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
· You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
Following your visit:
· The biopsy will be sent to a pathology lab for analysis. A report will be sent directly to your doctor and your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.