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Tower Foundation
     

Tower's Team of Dedicated Breast Imaging Radiologists

 

 

Shelly P. Baumann, MD

David A. Picca, MD

Miguel H. Del Toro, MD

 


Katie J. Lester, MD

Todd R. Kumm, MD

JoAnn M. Gierbolini, MD

Breast Biopsy intervention utilizes image guidance tools for needle placement. At Tower, we provide Stereotactic, Ultrasound, and MR guided breast biospy services in an outpatient setting. The different guidance methods provide flexibility for the radiologist to best visualize the area of interest. Once the biopsy is obtained, our facility will submit the tissue sample to the pathologist for examination. Once the results are received, a copy will be sent to the ordering physician.

Service Facility

Tower Breast Diagnostic Center - Northside 
2716 University Square 
Tampa, FL 33612

Bloomingdale Radiology Center
3350 Bell Shoals Rd.
Brandon, FL
 33511

(813) 874-3177


MR-Guided Breast Biopsy

During an MR-Guided Breast Biopsy, the Radiologist will use magnetic resonance imaging to guide a needle into the suspicious area to remove a tissue sample. The biopsy procedure is ordered when the area of concern is not well seen on a mammogram or ultrasound and only seen on an MRI of the breast. Small breast lesions that are not visible on other imaging studies are made visible on an MRI using contrast material. Benefits of an MR-guided breast biopsy include:

  • Less invasive than surgical biopsy
  • Requires only a local anesthetic
  • Leaves little or no scarring
  • Can be performed in less than 1 hour

Prep Instructions:

Nothing by mouth 2 hours prior to exam.
No aspirin, Vitamin E, or Coumadin (blood thinner), 7 days before or 2 days after biopsy unless otherwise directed.
Continue prescribed medication.
Pregnant women should not have an MRI exam unless the potential benefit from the procedure is determined to outweigh the potential risks.

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

During an Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy, ultrasound images assist the Radiologist in guiding a needle directly into the mass to remove a tissue sample. Ultrasound-guided biopsy:

  • Prevents the need to remove tissue surgically
  • Eliminates radiation exposure
  • Evaluates lumps under the arm or near the chest wall

Prep Instructions:

Nothing by mouth 2 hours prior to exam.
No aspirin, Vitamin E, or Coumadin (blood thinner), 7 days before or 2 days after biopsy unless otherwise directed.
Continue prescribed medication.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy or X-ray guided breast biopsy uses multiple coordinates to precisely determine the location of a tumor or nodule so that a tissue sample may be obtained. The procedure is performed by a Radiologist with the latest state-of-the-art stereotactic technology designed to improve the quality, accuracy, and ease of breast biopsies. A patient will experience the following benefits when having a stereotactic biopsy:

  • A generally painless procedure with no scarring
  • No distortion of breast tissue which makes reading future mammograms difficult
  • A way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses
  • Produces results that are as accurate as when a tissue sample is removed surgically
  • Has a brief recovery period

Prep Instructions:

Nothing by mouth 2 hours before exam.
No aspirin, Vitamin E, or Coumadin (blood thinner), 7 days before or 2 days after biopsy unless otherwise directed.
Continued prescribed medication.

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