Breast Biopsy

Chest X-Ray

A biopsy is the process of collecting cells from an area so it can be studied under a microscope. Getting a biopsy was once performed using surgery, but advances in medicine have created image-guided needle biopsy techniques that are minimally invasive and of low risk of complications.

What types of biopsies do we offer?

Using a form of X-ray called computed tomography, or CT, a radiologist guides a needle to the mass or lesion being investigated and collects a tissue sample.

An ultrasound-guided biopsy is often used to examine breast lumps or abnormalities discovered by a mammogram or ultrasound. Your radiologist will use radiation-free, noninvasive ultrasound imaging to help guide a needle to the mass for sampling.

Stereotactic breast biopsy uses X-ray imaging to guide a hollow vacuum-assisted needle to the breast mass, lesion or groups of calcium deposits for sample collection.