If a mammogram or other imaging study shows a change in your breast, a breast biopsy may be recommended. A breast biopsy is a medical procedure that removes a small sample of tissue so that it may be examined by a pathologist.
All of our procedures are performed on an out-patient basis using local anesthesia, not general anesthesia. A breast biopsy will not require an overnight stay. These image-guided biopsies are safe and accurate procedures resulting in little discomfort and scarring.
One of our staff will call you prior to your exam to obtain your medical history and to answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to ask questions.
About Your Visit
WHAT TO EXPECT
You may shower 24 hours after the procedure, but please do not bathe, swim, or soak in a hot tub for 3-5 days.
To perform your breast biopsy, our radiologist uses equipment such as stereotactic (X - ray) mammography, ultrasound or MRI to help guide in taking the small tissue sample.
The biopsy will take one to two hours. You may resume light activity 30 minutes after your biopsy. Please do not lift or push more than 10 pounds for 24 hours. You may start normal activity in 48 hours.
Please do not bathe, swim, or hot tub for 3 - 5 days after your biopsy.
The technologists who assist your radiologist will provide you with any other instructions on caring for your biopsy site after your procedure.
Prep & Safety
HOW TO PREPARE
You may eat a light meal before stereotactic or ultrasound biopsies.
For MRI biopsies please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Please do not eat for ~3 hours prior to your MRI biopsy as you will by lying on your stomach.
Check in at the reception desk at least 30 minutes before your appointment.
You may eat a light meal before all types of biopsies (stereotactic or ultrasound). Remember to take your medication unless otherwise instructed by our staff.
Wear a front - opening shirt and a supportive bra without an underwire that provides some compression after the procedure.
Getting Your Results
Your physician will receive your biopsy results in three to five business days.