Breast Biopsy

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Woodstock, GA

Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy if they find an abnormal lump during a breast exam or mammogram. At Georgia Breast Care in Woodstock, Georgia, you can undergo an in-office breast biopsy procedure that doesn’t require any surgery or incisions. Find out more by booking your breast biopsy evaluation through the website or by calling either office to speak with a team member directly.

Breast Biopsy

Why do I need a breast biopsy?

A breast biopsy is a common, minimally invasive procedure used to evaluate any abnormal lumps or masses you or your doctor find. You may need a breast biopsy if you have:

  • Suspicious areas that show in your mammogram
  • Abnormal breast ultrasound or MRI results
  • Unusual nipple or areola changes, including bloody discharge

A breast biopsy is one of the most important breast diagnostic tools. Your doctor gathers cell samples to confirm or rule out breast cancer. 

What happens during a breast biopsy?

Georgia Breast Care specializes in minimally invasive image-guided breast biopsy testing. During your breast biopsy, you lie back on a table with your arm behind your head. It’s important to breathe and remain as still as possible throughout your biopsy, which takes just a few minutes.

Before getting started, you get a small injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area, so you won’t feel any pain. Your provider then uses a handheld ultrasound transducer to locate the mass. The transducer uses sound waves to create images that appear on the screen. 

Once your practitioner has a clear view of the mass, they insert a biopsy needle through your skin. Using the imaging from your ultrasound, your provider guides the needle into the mass to extract cells.

After gathering your cell sample, your provider removes the needle and applies a bandage. While you may be a little sore or bruised afterward, you can quickly return to your normal activities. 

When will I get my breast biopsy results?

Your practitioner at Georgia Breast Care sends your biopsy results off to the lab for evaluation. It may take up to about a week or two to get your results back. Once your doctor has a diagnosis, they call you to schedule a follow-up visit, so they can counsel you about your results and any necessary treatment.

While uncommon, sometimes biopsy results are inconclusive. In a case like this, you may need a second biopsy to gather additional cells, but the process is the exact same. 

Book your breast biopsy evaluation at Georgia Breast Care directly through the website. You can also call the clinic nearest you to schedule over the phone.