If a mammogram or another imaging test reveals abnormal breast tissue, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to diagnose the abnormality. Let Adventist HealthCare’s nurse navigators guide you through the process of scheduling and following up after a breast biopsy, so you get answers to your questions and feel comfortable with your plan of care.
What is a Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy is a procedure during which a doctor inserts a tiny needle into your breast to remove a tissue sample for examination. Adventist HealthCare doctors may rely on ultrasound or MRI to see where to place the needle. Or they may perform a stereotactic breast biopsy, which uses mammograms taken from multiple angles to guide needle insertion. Before your biopsy, you receive an injection of local anesthesia to numb your skin and prevent pain.
Learn more about what happens during a breast biopsy.
Why Adventist HealthCare?
Breast biopsies are offered at both the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Breast Center in Rockville and the White Oak Breast Center in Silver Spring.
The Shady Grove Breast Center is accredited in stereotactic breast biopsy by the American College of Radiology. Our compassionate team focuses on the unique needs of each patient. Our coordinated team provides convenient access to all levels of care to meet your health needs.
How to Prepare for a Breast Biopsy
Download our Breast Biopsy Patient Guide for further information on what to expect, how to prepare and what to bring the day of your biopsy.
Breast Health Nurse Navigator
If you need follow-up care after your breast biopsy, our supportive nurse navigator at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Breast Center or Shady Grove Breast Center will work with you to:
- Understand next steps for testing and treatment
- Connect with doctors
- Apply for financial assistance
- Obtain transportation to and from medical appointments
- Learn about your condition