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Breast Biopsy

A breast biopsy is a procedure where a small sample of breast tissue is removed for laboratory testing. It is a way to evaluate a suspicious area in your breast to determine whether it is cancerous.

There are several types of breast biopsy procedures available such as:

  • • MRI-guided Breast Biopsy
  • • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • • Ultrasound-guided Breast Biopsy
  • • Vacuum-assisted Biopsy
  • • Localisation
  • You or your doctor feels a lump or thickening in your breast, and your doctor suspects breast cancer
  • Your mammogram shows a suspicious area in your breast
  • An ultrasound scan reveals a suspicious finding
  • Your breast MRI reveals a suspicious finding
  • You have unusual nipple or areola changes, including crusting, scaling, dimpling skin or a bloody discharge
  • Refrain from using any powder, perfume or deodorant on your body
  • Refrain from wearing any jewellery on your upper body
  • No special preparation of food restriction is required
  • Bring your old mammogram, ultrasound, MRI breast films or reports, if any, for comparison

This type of biopsy is done under guidance of an MRI — an imaging technique that captures multiple cross-sectional images of your breast.

The MRI machine provides images that help determine the exact location for the biopsy where a core needle is inserted to collect samples of tissue to be sent to a lab for analysis.

This type of biopsy uses mammograms to precisely identify and biopsy an abnormality within the breast.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy uses mammographic X-rays to locate and target the area of concern and to help guide the biopsy needle to remove several samples of tissue.

The samples are sent to a lab for analysis.

This type of biopsy involves ultrasound — an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within your body.

The ultrasound device (transducer) aids the doctor to locate the mass within your breast.

The needle will then be used to collect several samples of tissue which would be sent to a lab for analysis.

This type of breast biopsy is performed under imaging guidance (Mammogram, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Ultrasound).

It allows the area of abnormality to be precisely located using imaging guidance so that only samples from the region of interest are removed.

A special biopsy needle which is attached to a vacuum device is used by the doctor to remove the tissues.

A localisation is where a marker, is placed in the breast with its tip at the site of the abnormality.

This is done when an abnormality needs to be surgically removed and a marker is required to guide the surgeon to the correct area of breast tissue.

MRI – Ultrasound Guided Prostate Fusion Biopsy

MRI and ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy uses imaging guidance and a needle to remove tissue from the prostate in order to be examined by the pathologist to determine if the tissue is cancerous, or not.

For diagnosis of prostate cancer and to distinguish between cancer and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.

  • Prior to the examination, please prepare the list of medication you are currently taking to your physician so they are able to advise correctly on how to prepare for the examination.
  • Inform the staff if you have any existing medical conditions or electronic devices in your body.
  • Jewellery or any metal objects have to be removed prior to the scan.
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