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Breast and Lymph Node Biopsy

A biopsy is the only definitive way to confirm if a breast abnormality is benign (non-cancerous) or not.  A needle biopsy that removes small cores of tissue from the abnormal breast area can usually be done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.  A pathologist will examine the tissue to determine if the area is cancerous or not. 

Needle biopsies may be done under the guidance of one of the following, depending on which technique is most appropriate for viewing the abnormality: 
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • MRI
  • Stereotactic vacuum-assisted breast biopsy (a type of biopsy uses a vacuum powered instrument to collect multiple tissue samples during a needle insertion).
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