Lumps or other abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell whether a growth is cancerous or benign from these imaging tests.
A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells from a suspicious area in the breast, either surgically or through ultrasound-guided breast biopsy – a less invasive procedure in which ultrasound imaging is used to guide the physician in removing cells. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. While this image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, most of a very small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy.
Discontinue taking aspirin, fish oil and/or vitamin E five days prior to your procedure if your physician requires it.
Patients on Coumadin, Heparin or other blood thinners should consult with their physician prior to scheduling your procedure.