Minimally Invasive Biopsy Specialist in Washington, DC
At Breast Care for Washington DC, our mission is to provide access to comprehensive breast biopsies to all women in Washington, D.C. We believe that health care should be attainable by everyone especially when it comes to breast cancer treatment and prevention. If you are in need of a breast biopsy, contact our office at (202) 465-7164 and schedule an appointment today!
What is a Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy is a procedure during which a physician removes breast tissue samples from an area that appears abnormal. The tissue is then evaluated by a pathologist to determine if the cells are cancerous or benign. At Breast Care for Washington we perform ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, which is a non-radiation, minimally invasive technique used to gather tissue samples from a breast abnormality discovered during a diagnostic mammogram and/or breast ultrasound. Sometimes these abnormalities turn out not to be a problem. If there is a potential problem early detection is essential and increases treatment options and the likelihood of successful recovery.
Types of Breast Biopsies
There are several different ways in which your OBGYN 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:
- Core needle biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy
- MRI-guided core needle biopsy
- Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Surgical biopsy
What to Expect During Your 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.
Schedule Your Breast Biopsy in Washington, DC Today!
We promote access to breast cancer screenings, diagnostics, and referrals for treatment to all women regardless of their ability to pay. To schedule your breast biopsy appointment at our breast care center in Washington, DC, call 202-465-7164 or contact us.