Breast Biopsy in Dublin, GA
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A breast biopsy is a procedure used to observe the tissue of the breast by removing a small sample for additional testing. This procedure is often conducted if there is suspicious activity within the breast tissue that can be detected during an examination like a mammogram, ultrasound scan, or self-examination.
Dr. John Polhill specializes in performing and evaluating breast biopsies in Dublin, GA. With over 10 years of surgical experience, Dr. Polhill has the skill and expertise to provide you the best care available. Learn more about the breast biopsy procedure and schedule your consultation today.
Types of Breast Biopsies
There are several different ways in which your breast specialist can complete a breast biopsy. The particular biopsy chosen will depend on the size, location, and characteristics of the abnormality within the breast. These breast biopsy methods include:
The stereotactic table is specially designed so that you can lie face-down with one breast positioned through a hole in the table. Two digital x-ray images are taken from different angles, allowing the radiologist to precisely localize the area to biopsied. Once the area has been located, the radiologist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, then uses computer guidance for precise needle placement and collection of small tissue samples.
We can perform a standard needle biopsy in the MRI suite if a lesion is detected only on a Breast MRI exam, and this can be performed in under an hour.
The radiologist uses ultrasound to locate the area for biopsy and to direct the needle used in collecting breast tissue samples.
What to Expect During a Breast Biopsy
Each of these breast biopsies are relatively simple and do not require anything more than a mild numbing agent to prevent the patient from feeling any pain. The individual will then be able to return home within the same day with only mild discomfort near the incision site.
Tissue samples usually average to be the size of a grain of rice, unless the patient is undergoing a surgical biopsy to remove the entire breast mass in question. Additional anesthetic and resulting stitches may be required if the mass is of significant size.
Preparation for a Breast Biopsy
It is important to understand all of the different kinds of breast biopsies in order to determine which one is best for you. Make sure to discuss all questions about the biopsy with your doctor, and notify them of any allergies or medications that could interfere with the procedure.