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biopsy (breast)
 

A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth (mass)is removed and examined, usually for the presence of cancer. The mass is suctioned out through a needle or cut out using a surgical procedure. The sample is then examined and evaluated under a microscope by a pathologist to identify whether the tissue is non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).

 
Types

Types of breast biopsies include:

 

  • fine needle aspiration – a thin needle is inserted into the breast using a local anesthetic, and the physician removes fluid or cells from the growth
  • core needle biopsy – a needle is inserted into the breast using a local anesthetic, and the physician removes tissue for further evaluation.  An ultrasound may help guide the physician.
  • vacuum-assisted biopsy – a vacuum like device is used to suction out a portion of or the whole growth for evaluation.  The physician uses stereotactic mammography to help map the growth on a computer.
  • surgical biopsy – surgical removal of the growth

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