A breast biopsy is usually performed when an abnormality is detected. The procedure takes just a few minutes after local anesthesia is employed.
Core needle biopsies are performed using stereotactic equipment or with ultrasonic guidance. Tissue is removed from the abnormality, which is then reviewed by a pathologist. This procedure is usually completed in about an hour, and results are available to your physician after three working days.
The Herman & Samuelson Breast Care Center's stereotactic biopsy table was recently upgraded to provide more comfort and increased flexibility for patient positioning. The new table helps patients relax, which in turn leads to shorter procedure times.