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Breast imaging interventional services

All procedures are performed with local anesthesia. Patients are not sedated.

Stereotactic biopsy

A stereotactic biopsy uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to mammogram exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling). This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on a special table. The breast is placed through an opening in the table and compressed like a mammogram for the procedure. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

Stereotactic localization

A stereotactic localization uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to mammogram exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These images help mark and localize the area that needs to be removed by the surgeon. This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on a special table. The breast is placed through an opening in the table and compressed like a mammogram for the procedure.

Ultrasound biopsy

A breast ultrasound biopsy uses sound waves and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the diagnostic breast ultrasound exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling). This is typically done with the patient lying on their back on the regular ultrasound exam table. The breast is examined with the ultrasound transducer during the exam. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

Ultrasound localization

A breast ultrasound localization uses sound waves and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the diagnostic breast ultrasound exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These images help mark and localize the area that needs to be removed by the surgeon. This is typically done with the patient lying on their back on the regular ultrasound exam table. The breast is examined with the ultrasound transducer during the exam.

MRI guided biopsy

A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the breast MRI exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling). This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on the MRI exam table. The breast is placed into a grid device with light compression. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

MRI guided localization

A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the breast MRI exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These images help mark and localize the area that needs to be removed by the surgeon. This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on the MRI exam table. The breast is placed into a grid device with light compression.

Additional resources

RadiologyInfo.org – Radiology Information for Patients