Breast Biopsy

Women's Imaging Services in South Jersey

Female Technologist Getting A Breast Biopsy Ready For The Lab

What Is A Breast Biopsy?

A breast biopsy is a minimally invasive study where a small tissue sample is taken during a breast imaging study such as a mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI scan. A breast biopsy can provide more information about a specific area of the breast and rule out certain abnormalities. A breast biopsy is an advanced imaging study that can confirm a diagnosis of a radiologist.

What Are The Different Types Of Breast Biopsies?

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is an advanced imaging study where a tissue sample is taken during an ultrasound of the breast. A series of ultrasound images are used to guide the radiologist to remove tissue samples from the specific area. These tissue samples are sent away to a pathology lab for further examination.

A stereotactic breast biopsy Is another type of imaged-guided method used to draw a small sample of breast tissue. During a stereotactic breast biopsy, a series of X-rays are performed to guide the radiologist towards the specific area in question.

In place of a diagnostic or advanced mammogram, a breast MRI scan may be conducted to screen for the early stages of breast cancer. Sometimes, a guided breast biopsy will take place during a Breast MRI scan. A tissue sample is obtained by using these breast MRI images for guidance.

Breast MRI scans have been shown to have accurate detection rates for breast cancer. If you have one or many breast cancer risk factors, it is recommended to get an annual screening mammogram or Breast MRI scan completed.

How Do I Prepare For A Breast Biopsy?

On the day of your breast biopsy, you will meet with one of our radiologists who subspecialize in women’s imaging studies. Our radiologists will explain the procedure and answer all your questions. Before the breast biopsy, an imaging scan will be performed to precisely locate the area from which the tissue sample will be taken. Local anesthesia will be administered to the area to minimize any discomfort. On average, the procedure takes no more than five minutes to complete. The tissue sample will be sent to a lab for further examination. The results will be sent to your doctor.