Image-Guided Breast Biopsy
What is an Image-Guided Needle Breast Biopsy?
If you have an abnormal Mammogram or a lump in your breast that requires a biopsy, you are not alone. Countless women have suspicious findings, which require biopsy, and more than 70 percent of them are non-cancerous (benign). In order to determine if an abnormality is cancer or not, an Image-Guided Breast Biopsy may be required. This non-surgical procedure uses the aid of an imaging device to guide a Radiologist while performing a Biopsy on an abnormal area in the breast. During the procedure, a highly trained and specialized Radiologist will remove a sample of breast tissue for testing to determine if the cells are benign or cancerous.
The Biopsy may be guided through three different techniques:
- Mammogram (Stereotactic/3D)
At Fairfax Radiology, we understand that this could be a stressful time and we want you to have the support, guidance and assistance you need to navigate the process. That is why we assign a Breast Imaging Facilitator or Certified Breast Navigator to all women who are candidates for an Image-Guided Needle Breast Biopsy. She will become a resource and will guide you through the process each step of the way, explaining procedures, ensuring prompt scheduling, and confirming that the appropriate reports and images are available for other specialists, if necessary.
To learn about Ultrasound Guided Biopsy, watch the following videos:
To learn about Stereotactic Biopsy, watch the following video: