The word “biopsy” is a scary one for most people. At the Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center, we make sure that you are not alone.
We perform our ultrasound-guided breast biopsies and stereotactic breast biopsies in the comfort of our breast center. MRI-guided breast biopsies are performed in the Ben Hogan Radiology Department with our breast center staff and physicians on the medical staff.
These biopsy procedures often provide an alternative to surgery. They are considered “minimally invasive.”
- Ultrasound guided biopsy uses ultrasound equipment to visualize the area on the breast and direct the needle to the area where the biopsy is needed.
- Stereotactic biopsy uses a digital mammography system with computer display and software to guide a needle to the area where samples of tissue will be taken.
- MRI guided biopsy uses our powerful 3T MRI to guide the breast radiologist to the area of concern.
We ask that you refrain from taking aspirin, aspirin-containing products and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve) for five days prior to the biopsy procedure. If you are taking a blood thinner, such as Coumadin, or Vitamin E, please let us know before your biopsy. If you have any question concerning whether you should continue taking a specific medicine prior to your biopsy procedure, please contact us as soon as possible. On the day of your biopsy, wear a comfortable two-piece outfit (including a comfortable supportive bra). Do not use powder, lotion or deodorant. Do not eat a large or heavy meal on the day of your biopsy.
Patients are notified of biopsy results within 48 hours.