A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of breast cells is removed and tested for cancer. The results will indicate if the cells are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). A breast biopsy procedure is the only definitive way to know if a particular breast abnormality is cancerous.
What Happens During a Breast Biopsy Procedure?
During a breast biopsy, a local anesthetic is used to numb the breast and then a radiologist uses a needle to remove the tissue sample. The radiologist will use medical imaging technology to ensure the biopsy needle is placed in the right location. The Breast Center of Maple Grove offers two types of minimally-invasive breast biopsy procedures:
- Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses ultrasound waves to help locate the appropriate location.
- Stereotactic breast biopsy uses a special mammography machine to locate the biopsy site. This type of breast biopsy procedure allows for multiple tissue samples to be obtained through just one insertion of the needle.
Your Breast Biopsy at The Breast Center of Maple Grove
A critical member of the team at The Breast Center of Maple Grove is Tracy Fisher, a Certified Breast Patient Navigator. At The Breast Center of Maple Grove, we understand the anxiety that can come along with a breast biopsy procedure—that’s why all of our patients have the support of the Patient Navigator. Tracy can help you understand upcoming procedures, next steps, treatment options, and she can even provide a hand to hold throughout the procedure.
Schedule Your Breast Imaging Exams
Whether you need a breast biopsy or a regular mammogram, come to The Breast Center of Maple Grove for all of your breast imaging needs. Our center offers a relaxing and comfortable environment, state-of-the-art technology, and appointments that fit within your busy schedule. Our staff is waiting to answer your questions. Please contact us at 763-398-6370.