Biopsies at AMI include:
MRI Guided Biopsy
CT Guided Biopsy
Fluoroscopy (X-Ray) Guided Biopsy
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
Patients can expect to be at Advanced Medical Imaging for approximately 45 minutes. The actual biopsy will take about 15 to 20 minutes.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy uses a vacuum assisted needle to obtain breast tissue with mammographic guidance. This tissue is then examined by a pathologist to determine whether it is malignant or benign. A stereotactic biopsy is often performed when a patient has a mammogram showing a suspicious mass, tiny calcifications or an abnormal tissue change.
A radiologist will use lidocaine to numb the area to be biopsied. This can sometimes sting for a few seconds but this quickly goes away. After the numbing, patients may feel pressure or pushing but should not feel anything sharp for the remainder of the procedure. A small nick in the skin is made and the tip of the biopsy needle is advanced to the site of the lesion. X-ray images guide the needle to the right position and then several samples are obtained. A small marker is left at the biopsy site so it can be easily located if the area proves to be malignant. Two mammogram pictures will be taken after the biopsy to serve as baseline images.
Patients can expect to be at Advanced Medical Imaging for 90 minutes. The actual procedure will last for about 30 to 60 minutes.