If your mammogram is abnormal or anomalies are identified, the next step
is to undertake a breast biopsy. Needing a breast biopsy doesn’t
necessarily mean you have cancer. Most biopsy results are not cancer,
but this procedure is the only way to find out for sure.
What is a breast biopsy?
A breast biopsy is when a small amount of breast tissue is removed with
a special biopsy needle and checked in a lab to see if cancer or other
abnormal cells are present.
Why would I need a breast biopsy?
There may be many reasons your physician, in conjunction with a radiologist,
recommends a breast biopsy. Some examples include:
- Check a lump or mass that can be felt (is palpable) in the breast
- Check a problem seen on a mammogram, such as small calcium deposits in
breast tissue (micro calcifications) or a fluid-filled mass (cyst)
- Check a lump or mass that cannot be felt (non-palpable) in the breast
- Evaluate nipple problems, such as a bloody discharge from the nipple
- Find out if a breast lump or mass is cancer (malignant) or not cancer (benign)
What equipment does Gunnison Valley Health use?
At Gunnison Valley Health, we use the latest equipment thanks to the support
of Tough Enough To Wear Pink. The stereotactic breast biopsy technology
precisely identifies the abnormal calcification within the breast and
specimen imagery confirms a successful biopsy procedure in real-time,
eliminating the need for repeat biopsies and providing you with peace
of mind knowing the sample collected is sufficient for further pathological
Comprehensive breast care services
At Gunnison Valley Health, we offer a complete range of breast imaging
services for those who need a more in depth screen or further examination:
For more information, speak to your physician or
contact Gunnison Valley Health's Diagnostic Imaging Department at (970) 641-7253.