Screening mammography is one of the most important parts of Women’s Healthcare. It decreases the mortality rate from breast cancer by up to 35%. Breast ultrasound and MRI are excellent supplemental tests which can help determine benign from malignant lesions and estimate extent of disease. Image guided biopsies (ultrasound, stereotactic, and MRI) allow diagnosis of most abnormalities without the need for surgery.
Preparation for ultrasound, stereotactic, or MRI guided breast biopsies: None needed for most patients. Because we use only local anesthesia, you can eat and drink as usual. Withholding blood thinners for a few days prior to a biopsy is suggested but not mandatory; check with your prescribing physician before stopping any medications.