A breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure where a small piece of
breast tissue is removed and checked in a lab.
Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy if:
- A lump or mass is found during breast examination
- An abnormality is detected on your mammogram
- You have nipple problems, such as bloody discharge from the nipple
- Other areas of concern are identified
There may also be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a breast biopsy.
Types of Breast Biopsies
There are several types of breast biopsy procedures. The type of biopsy
your doctor may recommend will depend on the location and size of the
breast lump or area of concern.
Types of breast biopsies include:
Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA). A thin needle is placed into the area of concern and a small sample of
fluid or tissue is removed. No incision is necessary. One reason your
doctor may recommend an FNA is to help determine if the area of concern
is a solid lump or a fluid-filled sac (cyst).
Needle Biopsy. A large needle is guided into the area of concern and small cylinders
of tissue are removed. A needle biopsy does not require an incision.
Open Biopsy. A surgeon makes an incision in the breast and removes all or part of
the area of concern.
Special imaging techniques may be used to guide the needles during a breast
Breast Biopsy. Stereotactic breast biopsy is a non-surgical needle biopsy technique
that may be used in place of surgery to determine whether a suspicious
mammographic lesion is benign or malignant. This procedure involves an
x-ray-guided needle that is controlled by a computer to obtain a tiny
sampling of breast tissue.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy. This technique uses MRI guidance to identify the position of the abnormality
and to verify placement of the biopsy needle.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy. This technique uses ultrasound images of the breast to help guide the biopsy
needle to the area of interest.
Conveniently located at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston,
NJ, The Breast Center's goal is to exceed the individual expectations
of each patient, to decrease the stress commonly associated with breast
testing, and to promote breast health and wellness.