Sometimes a breast biopsy is needed to be absolutely certain that a mass is — or is not — cancerous. During a biopsy, a radiologist will remove a small sample of breast tissue for analysis under a microscope. In many cases, biopsy is the only way to confirm whether a breast mass, module or calcification is malignant or benign.
Breast biopsy will answer whether a patient will require surgery to remove the area.
HonorHealth's Breast Health and Research Center at 19646 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix offers 3D-guided biopsy. For the right patient, its advantages include less radiation, faster targeting of the area, faster procedure time and the option to be seated during the biopsy.
This advanced, minimally invasive biopsy technique complements the 3D mammography system used for the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Other Common Types of Biopsies
Two dedicated breast specialists at the Breast Health and Research Center perform a full range of core needle biopsy procedures. In all biopsy procedures, we remove tissue from breast lump using a hollow needle. The samples are sent to the lab for further examination.The most common types of biopsy are:
- Stereotactic biopsy: Stereotactic biopsy utilizes our 3D mammography system to target and biopsy specific areas, such as calcifications, that may be only the size of three grains of salt. Calcifications are often not visible on ultrasound.
- Ultrasound biopsy: You lie face down on an MRI table. MRI imaging allows the technologist to locate the specific area of the breast tissue that needs to be biopsied. This procedure is typically used for abnormalities that were seen on an MRI, but were not felt by breast self-exam or clinical examination and cannot be seen with the mammogram or ultrasound
- MRI-guided biopsy: A needle aspiration biopsy may be used when you have a cyst, which can be large and uncomfortable. A needle draws out (aspirates) the fluid so you'll be comfortable again.
- Needle aspiration: A needle aspiration may be used when you have a cyst, which can be large and uncomfortable. A needle draws out (aspirates) the fluid so you'll be comfortable again.The fluid may be sent to a lab for further review. If cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be required.
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