If your mammogram shows an area of suspicion or you find changes or something unusual in one of your breasts, your health care provider will recommend a biopsy. Just because you have a biopsy does not mean you have breast cancer.
A biopsy is when a piece of tissue is removed and looked at under a microscope by a pathologist. Most biopsy results do not indicate cancer. Noncancerous breast conditions are very common, and they are never life threatening.
There are several ways to do a breast biopsy:
If needed, an ultrasound or MRI may be used to guide the biopsy needle. Or your doctor may use a computer to locate the exact spot for the biopsy sample from mammograms that have been taken from two angles (stereotactic needle biopsy). A fine wire, clip or marker also may be used to mark the site.
The Bethany Simpson Breast Center offers you minimally invasive biopsy options. We are one of the first health care providers in the area to offer patients breast 3-D mammography biopsy. The new Affirm breast biopsy guidance system combined with Selenia® Dimensions® breast tomosynthesis system allows our radiologists to locate and accurately target regions of interest for biopsy. This technology enables us to target lesions easily, including those visible only in 3-D images.