When lumps or abnormalities are detected in the breast during mammography or other imaging methods, a breast biopsy may be needed to determine whether or not it’s cancerous.

A breast biopsy is a highly accurate, minimally invasive method for locating the abnormality and removing a tissue sample for investigation. It is typically used when the abnormality is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate by hand. The procedure is performed by a specially trained radiologist or surgeon using either stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance.

How You Benefit

An image-guided breast biopsy is typically an outpatient procedure with very rare complications. It is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. The image guidance allows the radiologist to biopsy the abnormality while avoiding important nearby structures such as blood vessels and vital organs. It’s also an effective way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses.

National Awards & Recognition in Breast Care

We take pride that our Breast Imaging Center at LewisGale Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. LewisGale Hospital Montgomery has also been certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. These prestigious distinctions demonstrate that our breast care teams are meeting rigorous national standards for excellence in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.

All LewisGale Breast Centers are accredited through the American College of Radiology and by the FDA Mammography Quality.