A breast biopsy is the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders. There are several types of breast biopsies, including stereotactic, ultrasound-guidedMRI-guided and excisional breast biopsy. This article focuses on stereotactic breast biopsy, which uses mammography to help pinpoint the spot in the breast that needs to be removed.
Core needle biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove samples of tissue from the breast. It may also rule out breast cancer. A pathologist studies the tissue samples under a microscope to see if they contain cancer.
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.
Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography — a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays — to help locate a breast abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It's less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound. Tell your doctor if there's a possibility you are pregnant.
Archived: This summary is based on a report that is greater than 3 years old. Findings should not be considered current. This is a summary of a systematic review update evaluating the current evidence regarding the comparative effectiveness of core-needle biopsy and open surgical biopsy for diagnosing breast lesions.
One hundred and fifty consecutive patients with a non-palpable suspicious mammographic lesions were included. Between three and nine gauge breast passes were taken using a prone stereotactic table. Following the biopsy procedure, patients were asked to complete a questionnaire.
A stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and biopsy an abnormality within the breast. This procedure will help determine whether you have breast cancer or any other abnormalities in your breast to be concerned about. A mammography is a special form of X-ray used on the breasts.