Breast Biopsy

Minimally invasive diagnostic exams

3D-Guided Breast Biopsy

3D-guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses X-ray imaging to help physicians take tissue samples from abnormalities in the breast. It can help physicians see lesions that standard imaging tests cannot detect. 3D-guided breast biopsy reduces the amount of X-ray exposures and radiation doses patients receive. It also allows for faster targeting and shorter procedure times than traditional biopsies.

3D-guided breast biopsy also has less risk of complications and improved accuracy compared to other breast imaging exams.

The Need for a Breast Biopsy

You may need a breast biopsy if you have a suspicious area in your breast, such as a lump. A biopsy also helps investigate unusual findings from other breast exams, including mammograms or ultrasounds.

The results of a breast biopsy can confirm whether or not the suspicious tissue sample is cancerous. Most biopsies do not lead to a cancer diagnosis.

If your biopsy reveals cancer, you can expect comprehensive care at our Gerrish Breast Care Center.  

Understanding Breast Biopsies

How should I to prepare for a breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy is a simple, outpatient procedure. It doesn’t need much preparation.

  • Wash your breasts and underarms thoroughly with soap and water. Do not apply anything to the skin on or around your breasts. This includes antiperspirant or deodorant, perfume and body lotion.
  • Wear a comfortable bra and top that you can easily remove before the procedure.
  • Bring a list of your known allergies and medications.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Take your usual medications, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
  • You may eat a light breakfast or lunch before your biopsy.
What happens during a breast biopsy?

During a breast biopsy, you’ll lie face down on the procedure table. This table has an opening into which you’ll place your breast. The imaging machine squeezes the breast between two plates, similar to a mammogram.

The specialist takes X-rays to pinpoint where the tissue sample will be taken. We remove the sample using a thin, hollow needle and then send it to the lab for analysis. The procedure takes about an hour.

What can I expect after a biopsy?

We recommend rest after a breast biopsy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. You may have some bruising or discomfort from the needle. You can apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. You also may use a non-aspirin pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.

We’ll share your results within two business days of your appointment. You also can view your test results in our Patient Portal

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Types of Breast Conditions We Treat

At Anna Jaques, you have access to treatments for a wide range of breast conditions.
  • Benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors
  • Breast abnormalities
  • Breast calcifications
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast discharge
  • Breast infections, including mastitis
  • Cysts
  • Duct ectasia
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fibroadenomas
  • Fibrocystic changes

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