A biopsy is a procedure in which cells are removed from suspicious areas
and analyzed by a physician specializing in pathology, to determine whether
or not cancer is present. Because suspicious areas in the breast are more
commonly discovered by imaging rather than by being felt in an external
examination, imaging is often the best method to direct the breast biopsy
procedure. Biopsies done under radiologic guidance are performed with
a needle instead of subjecting the patient to disfiguring surgery.
We can guide a breast biopsy using any of three technologies: stereotactic
(X-ray), ultrasound and MRI. The type of biopsy that you have will depend
on how the suspicious area in your breast can be best visualized, a decision
that will be made by the radiologist and your doctor. All biopsies are
performed by board-certified radiologists with specialized training, and
they are assisted by female radiologic technologists.