Diagnostic Testing and Procedures
Testing and Procedures
Based on the results of your exam, your physician may decide it’s necessary to remove fluid or tissue from the breast to be sent to the lab to look for cancer cells. The procedure is called a biopsy. It can be done using a needle to get a piece of the area of concern, or it can be done with surgery.
Fine needle aspiration biopsy
A physician may use this procedure when a breast mass is easily felt. A thin needle is inserted into the area of concern and fluid or a small amount of tissue is extracted and analyzed for cancer cells.
Ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration
Ultrasound technology is used to guide physicians as they remove fluid from a breast cyst to be analyzed for cancer cells.
Ultrasound-guided breast core biopsy
Using ultrasound technology, a radiologist confirms the location for biopsy with a core needle. Cells are extracted and analyzed for the presence of cancer cells.
Stereotactic core breast biopsy
Mammography (x-ray from two angles) and a computer guidance system is used to guide the radiologist in precisely locating the area to be biopsied with a core needle. To schedule an exam, please call 978.882.6161.
Needle localization procedures
Mammography helps radiologists locate and mark the area of concern preoperatively for the surgeon.
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MRI-guided core biopsy