Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy

These procedures are available for the evaluation of new masses or findings on a mammogram or ultrasounds that are not generally palpated as a lump. The patient is awake for these procedures with little to no discomfort. All biopsy material is reviewed and interpreted by a pathologist at the Medical Center. A physician will speak to you within forty-eight hours regarding the results and recommendations for follow-up.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsies are performed with X-ray guidance for the sampling of calcium deposits or small masses that are not visible by ultrasound. Compared with a surgical biopsy, the procedure is as accurate, is completed more quickly, and at about one-third of the cost.

Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Ultrasound-guided biopsies are guided with ultrasound without additional radiation. It is faster, somewhat less expensive than the stereotactic method, and avoids the use of X-rays. It is capable of reaching lumps under the arm or on the chest wall that cannot otherwise be reached.

MRI-Guided Biopsy
MRI-guided biopsies are reserved for sampling abnormalities detected by MRI that are otherwise not identified by a mammogram or ultrasound.

Galactogram (Ductogram)
Contrast material is placed in the ducts of the breast with a small catheter, and mammogram films are taken to identify causes of an abnormal, spontaneous nipple discharge.

Cyst Aspirations and Fine Needle Aspirations
These procedures are performed with ultrasound guidance to sample abnormal cystic changes or solid components of abnormal breast tissue. Breast cysts that cause discomfort can be decompressed with local anesthesia and a small needle to gain symptomatic relief.

Needle Localization
This procedure is performed with mammogram or ultrasound images to identify and localize a finding in the breast for surgical removal. A thin wire is left in the breast to facilitate the accurate removal of the abnormal tissue by the surgeon.