Breast Biopsy Procedures

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A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells from a suspicious area of the breast seen on a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI or felt on examination. The biopsy can be performed surgically or non-surgically using a needle guided to the suspicious area by ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI. Once in place, small pieces of tissue are removed through the needle and then sent to the laboratory to be examined under the microscope.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

This procedure is performed using ultrasound to guide the radiologist’s instruments to the suspicious area of the breast.

Stereotactic Biopsy

The stereotactic biopsy is performed using a customized mammography machine to guide the radiologist’s or surgeon’s instruments to the suspicious area of the breast.

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

This procedure is performed using MRI to guide the radiologist’s instruments to the suspicious area of the breast.

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