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Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program

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If your mammogram or breast ultrasound shows a suspicious area in the breast tissue, you may need to have a minimally invasive breast biopsy.

What Can I Expect During a Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy?

During the procedure, the radiologist:

  • Makes one or more small incisions near the suspicious area of your breast
  • Removes tissue samples
  • Sends the breast biopsy tissue samples to a pathologist who examines it to determine if cancer is present

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy

Minimally invasive breast biopsy may offer:

  • Minimal scarring due to a small incision
  • Reduced pain and risk of infection after the procedure
  • Advanced treatment planning
  • A shorter recovery time and resumption of daily activities
  • Potentially lower hospital costs