We know it can be scary to be asked to get a breast biopsy. We’re here to walk with you through this. We want to help you get the answers you need to feel at ease and know your next steps.
Our Approach to Breast Biopsies
We’re here to help you take your health into your hands through mammograms and regular screenings. These preventative measures are proven to save lives. Sometimes, following a mammogram, a breast biopsy is a necessary next step to check for possible breast cancer.
A breast biopsy does not mean you have cancer. But having a biopsy done is the only way to know for sure. We’re committed to your best health throughout your entire journey. We have breast cancer nurse navigators, certified to walk alongside you to help you understand every step of your journey.
We’re here for you—no matter the result. If more steps are requested, we’ll help you understand the path forward. Trust Kettering Health to get you the answers you need for peace of mind.
Why Choose Kettering Health for a Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy is the removal of a small sample of breast tissue for laboratory testing. When a suspicious area in the breast is found, a breast biopsy will determine whether it is breast cancer. There are several types of breast biopsy procedures.
A Kettering Health radiologist will work with you to determine what type of breast biopsy is appropriate, based on how an abnormality was seen.
MRI-guided breast biopsy
An MRI-guided breast biopsy is performed when imaging reveals a breast abnormality. MRI is used to help guide radiologists to the site of the abnormal area where a tissue sample is collected and sent to a pathology lab, where the sample’s makeup will be analyzed.
Stereotactic breast biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy is performed after a mammogram has detected a suspicious abnormality in the breast. Two mammographic X-rays from different angles are used to help the radiologist guide a biopsy needle to the precise location of the abnormality. A small sample is then collected and sent to a pathology lab.
Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a procedure performed after a mammogram has detected a suspicious abnormality in the breast. A regular breast ultrasound is normally done before an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. For an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, sound waves are used to locate the abnormality in the breast. A tissue sample will be collected and sent to a pathology lab.