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Breast Biopsy

Women's Imaging Center in Lake Forest, IL

You may need a breast biopsy if your provider finds a mass or tumor during a breast screening. At Mass Medical Imaging in Lake Forest, Illinois, the team specializes in performing breast biopsies. They use advanced imaging and less invasive techniques to get tissue samples, minimizing post-procedure pain and recovery time. Mass Medical Imaging has open availability, so call today or schedule your breast biopsy online.

Breast Biopsy Q & A

What is a breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy is a procedure that takes a sample of abnormal tissue from the breast. The abnormal tissue then goes to a pathology lab for analysis to confirm or rule out breast cancer.

Mass Medical Imaging does ultrasound-guided breast biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies.


Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses ultrasound imaging to find the abnormal breast mass and guide the procedure. 


Stereotactic breast biopsy

Stereotactic breast biopsy uses X-ray-guided imaging to find and remove a sample of breast tissue. This test is a less invasive option than a surgical biopsy. 

During the procedure, your provider at Mass Medical Imaging uses X-ray imaging to locate the mass and help guide the biopsy needle to remove a tissue sample.

Your provider at Mass Medical Imaging discusses breast biopsy options with you so you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed.


Who needs a breast biopsy?

Anyone with positive results from a breast screening needs a breast biopsy. This includes a screening mammogram, diagnostic mammogram, or automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) test. 

Your provider may also recommend a breast biopsy if you or your provider finds a lump during a breast exam.


What happens during a breast biopsy?

The team at Mass Medical Imaging customizes your breast biopsy procedure based on the location of your breast mass and the type of procedure you need. They explain the details of your biopsy at your initial consultation, so you know what to expect.

While lying on the exam table, your provider uses the imaging tool to locate the mass. They inject a local anesthetic near the sight of your biopsy to numb the area. Then, your provider uses the imaging tool to insert the biopsy needle into your breast mass.

They take a sample of the mass, and then your provider covers the needle mark with a bandage. A breast biopsy usually takes about an hour.


What happens after a breast biopsy?

You may have some swelling and bruising at the site of your biopsy. The team at Mass Medical Imaging provides at-home care instructions to help you manage any discomfort.

They send the tissue sample to the pathology lab for analysis, and your provider contacts you with the results.

A breast biopsy helps your doctor diagnose breast cancer. Call Mass Medical Imaging today or schedule an appointment online.