Breast biopsies are required whenever a worrisome area in your breast is felt or seen on ultrasound or mammogram. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, our surgical breast specialists and radiologists perform minimally invasive biopsies conveniently in your exam room under local anesthetic. When the location or type of lesion requires an "open biopsy", it can be performed by your surgeon with little or no delay in our Medicare-licensed surgery center.
Ultrasound technology, which provides real-time images of your breast, allows our surgical breast specialists and radiologists to guide the biopsy needle to the location of your abnormality and collect a tissue sample for further analysis. Because ultrasound avoids both the compression and radiation of mammograms, it is the preferred way to guide a biopsy needle into a suspicious area for sampling.
Stereotactic biopsies are required in situations where the area of concern cannot be felt by exam or seen by ultrasound. In such cases, we use our digital mammography technology at the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center to identify the abnormality in your breast with two different angles. Our radiologist can then pinpoint the exact location of the lesion, precisely place the biopsy needle into the area, and then retrieve a tissue sample from your breast.
Sometimes, an area of concern cannot be reached with a biopsy needle, either because of its location or because the area is too faint and disappears on a mammogram's stereotactic views. In these cases, a thin wire is guided into the target tissue via ultrasound or mammogram, after which an open surgical biopsy is performed using twilight anesthesia in our surgery center. At the Pink Lotus Breast Center, our ultrasound localizations can be performed right in the operating room after you are already sleeping comfortably, while mammogram localizations are performed at the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center, just a few rooms away from the operating room, so that you can conveniently move from one room to the next.