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Image-Guided Breast Biopsy


Image-guided breast biopsy is a non-surgical method of assessing a breast abnormality.

During an image-guided breast biopsy, a mammography machine uses X-rays to guide the radiologist’s biopsy equipment to the site of the abnormal growth. The mammography shows the exact location of the mass by using computer and digital X-rays taken from different angles. Then, a biopsy is performed during which the radiologist inserts a needle through the skin to remove a sample of cells.

Once the cells are removed from the abnormal area, they can be examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.

Before Your Procedure

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. (For MRI and nuclear medicine studies, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.)

Bring the following information with you:

  • A signed prescription for an imaging study (unless your doctor’s office has either faxed an order or indicated they entered the order directly into Inova’s electronic medical records system)
  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID (e.g., license, passport)
  • Any previous exam films and reports performed at a non-Inova facility, including X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds
  • Implant card, if applicable

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