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Breast Biopsies

General Information

A breast biopsy can cause understandable concern. However, the vast majority of breast biopsies do not result in a breast cancer diagnosis. We offer several biopsy options, all of which are simple outpatient procedures. When you choose Goshen Retreat Women’s Health Center, we talk about each option to determine the right one for you. We know that waiting for the results can be highly stressful, so we ensure a quick turnaround time for your report.

Types of biopsies

Stereotactic core biopsy – A small cut is made in the skin where the biopsy needle is inserted. The physician inserts the needle and, using images from the mammogram, directs the needle to the lesion. Once the needle tip is within the lesion, tissue samples are removed.

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy – Our physician uses a very thin needle and gentle suction to obtain breast tissue samples. This procedure usually doesn’t require anesthesia and is no more uncomfortable than having blood drawn for lab tests. FNAs may be performed to obtain same-day results.

Ultrasound-guided biopsy – During this type of biopsy, an ultrasound probe helps the physician locate the lesion. A small cut is made in the skin where the biopsy needle is inserted. The physician constantly monitors the lesion site with the ultrasound probe, while inserting the needle and advancing it into the mass for tissue removal.

MRI-guided biopsy - This is performed when an abnormality is only seen on an MRI, not an ultrasound or mammogram.

For more information about Goshen Retreat Women's Health Center, please call (574) 364-4600.

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