webmd.comSurgeon Breast biopsy is usually performed by surgeons or radiologists. Both surgeons and radiologists have medical doctorates (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees and advanced training in their areas of expertise.
What types of breast biopsies are there?
Types of breast biopsy include:
- Fine-needle aspiration biopsy. This is the simplest type of breast biopsy…
- Core needle biopsy. This type of breast biopsy may be used to assess a breast lump that’s visible on…
- Stereotactic biopsy. This type of biopsy uses mammograms to pinpoint the location…
- Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy. This type…
What do you need to know about breast biopsy?
During a breast biopsy, your doctor removes cells or a small piece of tissue from that part of your breast. They examine it under a microscope to look for signs of cancer. It’s the only way to know for sure if a potential trouble spot is cancer. There are different breast biopsy procedures. The method your doctor recommends will depend on:
What type of doctor performs breast biopsy?
Breast biopsy is usually performed by surgeons or radiologists. Both surgeons and radiologists have medical doctorates (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees and advanced training in their areas of expertise. Radiologists should be certified by the American Board of Radiology,…
What kind of Doctor do you see for breast cancer?
Pathologist. Once the radiologist or surgeon has removed the breast tissue samples during biopsy, the samples will be taken to the pathology laboratory for diagnosis. A pathologist is a physician who analyzes cells and tissues under a microscope to determine whether they are malignant (cancerous), pre-cancerous,…
What are the different types of breast biopsy?
The different types of breast biopsies include fine needle aspiration (FNA), vacuum assisted biopsy, core needle biopsy, and surgical excision biopsy.
What should I expect with a breast biopsy?
What to Expect. Your breast core biopsy will be performed in Women & Infants’ Department of Diagnostic Imaging. It is safe and relatively painless, with local anesthesia injected in the site before the biopsy. The needle is inserted through a tiny incision that will heal without needing a stitch.
How painful is it to have a breast biopsy?
In general, biopsies of the breast should not be very painful when performed capably with ample local anesthetic. The degree to which women feel a bruising/achy sensation afterward, though, can vary, depending on the needle size, number of samples, and vascularity of their tissue.
What do patients need to know about breast biopsies?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: An excisional breast biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a lump from your breast. It is also called a lumpectomy. An excisional breast biopsy is done to diagnose one or more lumps in the breast. The sample will be sent to a lab for testing. Most breast lumps are benign (not cancer).