After you’ve received a digital mammography or ultrasound with PINK Breast Center or another provider, your radiologist might recommend a breast biopsy. A suspicious-looking spot on your imaging results is usually the culprit. At this stage, there is no definitive diagnosis; a breast biopsy will allow you and your doctor to get a clearer picture of what is going inside your breast tissue. Since your breast tissue will be numbed for the procedure, it is painless.
A breast biopsy is a removal of a small amount of breast tissue for further testing. There are three ways that your doctor can remove the tissue: a fine-needle aspiration, a core-needle biopsy, and a surgical biopsy. A fine-needle aspiration is the least invasive of the biopsy procedures; your doctor needs only, after numbing your breast tissue, use a needle to remove fluid from a lump within your breast. For a core-needle biopsy, a wide needle is used to remove tissue from within the breast. The final option, a surgical biopsy, is also the most invasive; it will need to be performed in a hospital setting. Your surgeon will need to make a small incision in your breast to remove a suspicious lump and some surrounding tissue.
Before Your Biopsy
If one of our PINK Breast Center doctors has recommended a biopsy, we will contact you to schedule the procedure.
If you have come to us through another doctor, our radiologist will need to review your films with you in order to plan the biopsy. You can request the films yourself or sign a release for us to get them from another center. If your mammography or scan reveals anything suspicious, it is in your best interest to schedule a breast biopsy as soon as possible.
After Your Biopsy
The breast tissue sample you provided will be transferred to a pathology laboratory. It is here that a trained pathology will examine your tissue sample for evidence of abnormal molecular growth. The findings from this examination will then be sent back to your doctor, who will be able to discuss the results with you in detail. This part of the process can take several weeks, during which time you might be nervous, but it allows you and your doctor to get a better understanding of what is going on inside your breast tissue.
Whether your results are positive or negative, you will be notified by our clinical coordinator by both phone and in writing. If further care is necessary, we will work with you and your referring doctor to find a treatment that works for you and is covered under your insurance plan.
PINK Breast Center is here for you if you need a mammogram or breast biopsy. Women can trust us to provide quality care as well as kindness and support. Contact our Paterson or Flemington office today to schedule a consultation.