Breast Biopsies

  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
    • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsies use ultrasound imaging to locate a breast abnormality and guide the radiologist to the area to remove a sample of the breast tissue.
    • Local anesthetic is used to numb the area.  The radiologist then uses a hollow needle to take out usually 3-5 small samples of tissue.  A small titanium marker is then placed at the biopsy site so that it can be located in the future.  After the procedure, pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding and the nurse will apply a dressing to the skin.  A mammogram will be performed to confirm that the titanium marker is in the correct position.  The entire procedure is usually completed within an hour.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
    • Stereotactic Breast Biopsies use mammography to locate a breast abnormality, and remove a sample of the breast tissue.  This is often done to biopsy suspicious microcalcifications or abnormalities that cannot be felt or seen by ultrasound.
    • Local anesthetic is used to numb the area.  The radiologist then uses a hollow needle to take out usually ___ small samples of tissue.  A small titanium marker is then placed at the biopsy site so that it can be located in the future.  After the procedure, pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding and the nurse will apply a dressing to the skin.  A mammogram will be performed to confirm that the titanium marker is in the correct position.  The entire procedure is usually completed within an hour.