• Breast Diagnostics

  • What happens if my breast screening results are suspicious?

    If something suspicious is found during your screening exam, or if you find any symptoms of breast cancer during your monthly self-breast exam, your doctor will use one or more methods to find out if the disease is present.

    Additional breast diagnostic testing could include:

    • Breast ultrasound
    • Breast MRI
    • Aspiration
    • Sterotactic biopsy
    • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
    • MRI-guided biopsy
    • Needle localization

    A biopsy is done when mammograms, other imaging tests or the physical exam shows a breast change that may be cancer. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure whether or not it’s cancer. For a biopsy, a tiny sample (biopsy specimen) of the suspicious area is taken out and examined under a microscope. If your doctor confirms a cancer diagnosis, they will determine the stage of the cancer. The stage of a cancer helps determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it.

    Learn more about breast diagnostic tests:

  • Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of the breast. It is non-invasive and often used as a follow-up test after an abnormal finding on a mammogram, breast MRI or clinical breast exam. If a needle biopsy is needed, breast ultrasound may also be used to help guide the procedure.
    Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields to create an image of the breast. It is more invasive than mammography because a contrast agent is given through an IV before the procedure. 
    Painful cysts are aspirated with a needle for relief of symptoms.
    During a stereotactic breast biopsy, your breast will be firmly compressed between two plates. X-rays (mammograms) are used to produce stereo images — images of the same area from different angles — to determine the exact location for the biopsy. A sample of breast tissue in the area of concern is then removed with a needle.
    MR-guided breast biopsy uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to help locate a breast lump or abnormality and guide a needle to remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. It does not use ionizing radiation and leaves little to no scarring.
  • mammograms

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