Image-Guided Core Needle Biopsy
An image-guided breast biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove a small sample of breast tissue or cells for examination under a microscope.
Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA)
With FNA, a very thin needle is used to draw cells from the area of the breast that has suspicious changes in order to provide a diagnosis without surgical intervention. There is minor discomfort with this procedure, which typically lasts just a few seconds.
A surgical biopsy is a brief procedure that requires light sedation but not an overnight stay. A small incision is made to remove either the entire mass of suspicious breast tissue or a representative sample, depending on its size and location.