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What is an MRI Guided Breast Biopsy?

At the age of 40, it is recommended that women have annual screenings for breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. As breast cancer risk increases with age, it is important to undergo these medical tests on an annual basis. When an abnormality is found, a patient may require additional testing to identify if the area of concern is cancerous or benign. At Midstate Radiology Associates, we use magnetic resonance-guided breast biopsy for tissue sampling of those areas detected during Breast MRI.

Who Should Have This Procedure?

MR-guided breast biopsies can be performed when a mass, distorted area or tissue change is noted during a Breast MRI. It allows the radiologist to extract tissue samples, which can provide a more definitive diagnosis.

What You Can Expect

MRIs do not typically require any special dietary guidelines but check with your doctor. On exam day, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown or loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Magnetic resonance-guided breast biopsies are outpatient, noninvasive procedures. The patient is given a local anesthetic and contrast material. The breast is placed between two compression plates and a small, image-guided needle is inserted into the breast tissue. A sample is then extracted for further analysis.
Is an MR-guided breast biopsy the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!