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Breast Biopsy

"Detection to Diagnosis in 48 Hours" is the Suite for Women’s Imaging unique approach to providing immediate care with a breast biopsy. Why wait weeks when you can get results in days?

A doctor’s recommendation that you need a breast biopsy raises many concerns and anxiety. That is why Norwalk Radiology & Mammography Center developed Detection to Diagnosis in 48 Hours at the Suite for Women's Imaging. In most cases, patients who need to have a breast biopsy can have it performed at the Mammography Center and receive their results usually within 48 hours.

In addition, the Suite for Women's Imaging provides every patient with a Breast Navigator to coordinate scheduling your appointment, coordinating with your physician, procedure preparation, and, should surgery be needed, will arrange for and provide breast surgeon referrals. Your Breast Biopsy Navigator is an important component of your care and is here to guide and answer your questions.

Breast Biopsy may be done using ultrasound, MRI or low dose computer assisted mammography (stereotactic guidance).

Ultrasound guided biopsy is used to evaluate a mass in the breast that is visible on a breast ultrasound exam. Using a local anesthetic to numb the biopsy area, the ultrasound probe is place over the area of the breast lump and the radiologist guides the biopsy needle right into the mass. Tissue samples are taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

MRI breast biopsy is performed when an abnormality is seen only on a breast MRI. An anesthetic is injected into the breast tissue that is to be examined, and a biopsy device designed specifically for MRI is then inserted in order to extract a sample of tissue. The samples extracted and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is mostly used when a mammogram demonstrates a cluster of microscopic calcifications or small mass and when no lesion can be seen on ultrasound. The radiologists and technologists use low dose computer-generated images to locate the area of concern so that a sample can be obtained. The radiologist uses local anesthesia and a small biopsy device is inserted. Small scrapings of tissue are removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis.


FAQs

Breast Biopsy

"Detection to Diagnosis in 48 Hours" is the Suite for Women’s Imaging unique approach to providing immediate care with a breast biopsy. Why wait weeks when you can get results in days?

A doctor’s recommendation that you need a breast biopsy raises many concerns and anxiety. That is why Norwalk Radiology & Mammography Center developed Detection to Diagnosis in 48 Hours at the Suite for Women's Imaging. In most cases, patients who need to have a breast biopsy can have it performed at the Mammography Center and receive their results usually within 48 hours.

In addition, the Suite for Women's Imaging provides every patient with a Breast Navigator to coordinate scheduling your appointment, coordinating with your physician, procedure preparation, and, should surgery be needed, will arrange for and provide breast surgeon referrals. Your Breast Biopsy Navigator is an important component of your care and is here to guide and answer your questions.

Breast Biopsy may be done using ultrasound, MRI or low dose computer assisted mammography (stereotactic guidance).

Ultrasound guided biopsy is used to evaluate a mass in the breast that is visible on a breast ultrasound exam. Using a local anesthetic to numb the biopsy area, the ultrasound probe is place over the area of the breast lump and the radiologist guides the biopsy needle right into the mass. Tissue samples are taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

MRI breast biopsy is performed when an abnormality is seen only on a breast MRI. An anesthetic is injected into the breast tissue that is to be examined, and a biopsy device designed specifically for MRI is then inserted in order to extract a sample of tissue. The samples extracted and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is mostly used when a mammogram demonstrates a cluster of microscopic calcifications or small mass and when no lesion can be seen on ultrasound. The radiologists and technologists use low dose computer-generated images to locate the area of concern so that a sample can be obtained. The radiologist uses local anesthesia and a small biopsy device is inserted. Small scrapings of tissue are removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis.


FAQs

Do you need anesthesia for a biopsy?

A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area. You are awake during the procedure and the radiologist and technologists will be conversing with you during the exam.

How long does a breast biopsy take?

It will vary depending on which method of biopsy is undertaken. In general, an ultrasound guided biopsy is quick, usually less than 20-30 minutes. A Stereotactic guided biopsy is more technically involved and generally takes about 45-60 minutes. A MRI biopsy is the most labor intensive and usually takes about an hour because of the multiple steps involved to ensure the accuracy of the exam. 

Will I be able to eat and return to my normal days activities afterwards?

Yes. Most everyone can go back to their normal activities after the procedure. We only ask that activities such as lifting of heavy objects and exercise are postponed for 24 hours following the procedure. You can eat and drink normally but will ask you to refrain from blood thinners, like aspirin.