Image-Guided Breast Biopsy

If an abnormality or lump has been detected in your breast, your doctor may want to conduct a biopsy. A biopsy is a simple procedure done at The Breast Care Center which involves removing samples of tissue from the breast. Although the news of a breast biopsy can raise many questions and concerns, it is important to remember that 80% of breast biopsies do not turn out to be cancerous. The Breast Care Center offers minimally invasive procedures with the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System using ultrasound or stereotactic guidance to place the needle. Fine needle aspirations can also be done to remove breast cysts.

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is used to remove tissue samples from solid masses or lumps that are found in the breast. During the procedure, a small needle is guided into the breast and a small tissue sample is removed. The entire procedure is done through one needle poke so you won’t even need stitches. After your biopsy, you can walk out of the office and carry on with the rest of your day. The tissue samples will be sent to pathologist, who can evaluate the specimen and make a more definitive diagnosis.

stereotactic-breast-biopsyStereotactic Breast Biopsies
Stereotactic breast biopsies are performed when a mammogram shows abnormalities, such as microcalcifications. During the procedure, the patient lies on a table while the breast hangs freely through an opening in the table. A special mammography unit uses digital imaging to help guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormality. Two images are taken at different angles and are imputed into a computer. The computer uses the coordinates to accurately place the Mammotome Breast Biopsy System within the breast. The tissue samples will be sent to a pathologist, who can evaluate the specimen and make a more definitive diagnosis.

Fine Needle Aspiration
Fine needle aspirations are also performed under ultrasound guidance. A small needle is inserted into the cyst to withdraw fluid. The fluid may be sent to the pathologist for a more definitive diagnosis.