Tower Radiology performs stereotactic, ultrasound, and MRI guided breast biopsies in the convenience of an outpatient setting.
We utilize image guidance tools for precise needle placement. The different guidance methods provide flexibility for the radiologist to best visualize the area of interest. Once the biopsy is obtained, the tissue sample is submitted to a pathologist for examination. At Tower, the patient can expect a comfortable experience with the help of our expert trained technologists who are there to assist the patient and our board-certified subspecialized radiologists as they perform the biopsy.
MRI Guided Breast Biopsy
During an MRI 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 with an MRI by using contrast. An MRI guided breast biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy, requires only a local anesthetic, leaves little to no scarring and is performed in under an hour.
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, and effectively evaluates lumps under the arm or near the chest wall.
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 can 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 stereotactic biopsy is a generally painless procedure with no scarring or distortion of breast tissue. This guidance method is an expert way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses and produces results that are as accurate as surgically removing a tissue sample.
To prepare for a breast biopsy the patient should have nothing by mouth 2 hours before exam. No Aspirin, Vitamin E, or Coumadin (blood thinner) for 7 days before and 2 days after the biopsy unless otherwise directed. Prescribed medication can be taken as normal.