A breast biopsy is used to take a sample of breast tissue to be tested for cancer. A breast biopsy is the only way to verify if breast tissue us benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Types of Breast Biopsy
The Association of Alexandria Radiologists can provide traditional ultrasound-guided biopsy as well as stereotactic breast biopsy, which uses the newest technology available. Stereotactic breast biopsy utilizes 3D mammography to capture exceptionally detailed images of the breast tissue, which is particularly helpful when performing a biopsy on tiny calcifications. Stereotactic breast biopsy offers many advantages including more precise targeting, better detection and identification of calcifications, and reduced procedure time.
What to Expect During a Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound-guided and stereotactic breast biopsies are quick, non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedures. Local anesthetic is used to minimize your discomfort. You will lie on your back or side. The radiologist will insert the biopsy needle through a very small incision and collect a few tissue samples. No stitches are needed. Your tissue samples will then be sent to a pathologist for analysis. The pathologist will send your diagnostic results to your radiologist and your referring physician approximately 3 days after your biopsy.
After a Breast Biopsy
A modern ultrasound or stereotactic breast biopsy requires very little recovery time. Most women may resume normal activity right away however, avoid strenuous activity or certain blood-thinning medications (like aspirin) for 48 hours. After your breast biopsy, most women may follow these recommendations to minimize discomfort and promote healing at the biopsy site:
• Use an ice pack in your bra for at least 4 hours after your biopsy
• Sleep in your bra for at least 2 nights
• Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen (not aspirin) for any discomfort
Breast Biopsy with Association of Alexandria Radiologists
We understand that a breast biopsy can be stressful experience. Our radiologists and staff are trained to make this procedure as seamless and comfortable as possible. The Association of Alexandria Radiologists provides the highest quality breast imaging with a compassionate staff to help you feel comfortable. Please contact us to learn more about breast biopsies or other breast imaging services. See all our imaging centers in Alexandria.