An image-guided breast biopsy removes a small sample of breast tissue or cells for examination under a microscope to see if cancer or other abnormalities are present. The type of imaging used for your biopsy will depend on the location of the abnormality and how it is best seen. How is an image-guided core needle biopsy performed? Core needle biopsy can be performed using ultrasonic or stereotactic guidance. Ultrasound-guided biopsies are used when a solid mass is seen by ultrasound. Using sound waves, ultrasound can distinguish many benign lesions, such as fluid-filled cysts, from solid lesions. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is able to evaluate lumps under the arm or near the chest wall, which are hard to reach with stereotactic biopsy. Ultrasound-guided biopsy is less expensive than other biopsy methods, such as open surgical biopsy or stereotactic biopsy. Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities. what is an image-guided biopsy? An image-guided biopsy uses imaging technology such as x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, ct or mri to see deep inside the body. The imaging helps guide the sample collection process, which may involve a fine needle, a core needle, or a vacuum-assisted biopsy. Radiologists are able to biopsy the abnormal tissue with the same accuracy as a surgical biopsy. They are able to avoid injuring nearby body parts, such as breast implants, while performing the image guided biopsy. Other reasons for choosing an image guided rather than a surgical biopsy include smaller. In image-guided biopsy, a radiologist extracts a tiny sample of tissue using a needle guided precisely to the correct location using high-end medical imaging equipment. As one of the few imaging centers in michigan to have won accreditation as a breast center of excellence from the american college of radiology, rmi provides three classes of. Image-guided needle biopsy of the breast a needle core biopsy is the easiest and most reliable way to prove whether a suspicious finding in the breast is cancer or not. A small tissue sample is obtained with a special biopsy needle which is later examined under a microscope by a pathologist for diagnosis. Percutaneous image-guided core biopsy is an accurate, fast, minimally invasive, and less expensive alternative to surgery for the diagnosis of breast lesions. Percutaneous core biopsy is usually performed under stereotactic or ultrasound guidance, using an automated needle or vacuum-assisted biopsy probe. What is an image-guided needle breast biopsy? If you have an abnormal mammogram or a lump in your breast that requires a biopsy, you are not alone. Countless women have suspicious findings, which require biopsy, and more than 70 percent of them are non-cancerous (benign). In order to determine if an abnormality is cancer or not, an image-guided breast biopsy may be required. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is done while you are lying on your back with your arm raised above your head. Before the biopsy, a special, warmed gel is placed on your breast. Then an instrument called a transducer is placed on your breast and slowly moved back and forth to locate the area to be biopsied.