How It Is Done continued...
The needle is
removed. Pressure is put on the needle site to stop any bleeding. A bandage is
put on. This may be repeated several times to make sure enough tissue samples
A core needle biopsy takes about 15
See a picture of a
core needle breast biopsy.
A stereotactic biopsy is done
by a radiologist. The biopsy is done in a radiology department.
You will take off your clothing above the waist. A paper or cloth gown
will cover your shoulders. You will lie on your stomach on a special table that
has a hole for your breast to hang through. A mammogram or
MRI is used to find the exact site for the
Your doctor numbs your skin with a shot of numbing
medicine where the biopsy needle will be inserted. Once the area is numb, a
small cut is made in the skin. With a special X-ray to guide the needle, it is
put into the suspicious area. Usually, more than one sample is taken through
the same cut. You must lie still while the biopsy is done.
small cut made for the needle does not usually need stitches. Pressure is put
on the needle site to stop any bleeding. A bandage is put on. A small metal
marker (clip) is usually placed in the area where the biopsy sample was taken.
This is done to locate the exact spot where the tissue sample was taken.
The metal marker will stay in your breast if you do not have cancer. You
will not be able to feel it, and it will not set off metal detectors. You can
still have an MRI safely. When you have mammograms in the future, the
radiologist will be able to see the metal marker.
This type of
breast biopsy takes about 60 minutes. But most of this time is needed for the
mammogram or MRI and finding the area for the biopsy.
picture of a
stereotactic breast biopsy.
A vacuum-assisted biopsy is
done by a radiologist or a surgeon. This method may be used for a core needle
biopsy or a stereotactic biopsy. The biopsy may be done while you sit or lie on
an examination table. Or you will lie on your stomach on a special table that
has an opening for your breast. A mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI is used to find
the exact site for the biopsy.
Your doctor numbs your breast with
a shot of local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, a small cut is made in your
skin. A hollow probe with a special tip is put into the breast. Tissue is
gently vacuumed into the probe. With this type of biopsy, the doctor can take
more than one sample without removing the probe.