Breast Biopsy Options
Depending on the results of a breast exam or a mammogram, your physician might request that you have a biopsy at Dupont Hospital. We want you to be healthy for a long time, and a biopsy can tell us if there is an abnormality that should be dealt with. A biopsy is simply a small tissue sample that is removed using a small needle.
The imaging team at Dupont Hospital has years of imaging and breast care experience and understands not only the technical aspects of their job, but also the emotional components. When we greet you we’ll begin talking with you, assessing your comfort level, explaining the process in detail, and taking the time necessary to answer your questions.
Dupont Hospital and Summit Radiology work with three types of biopsy technology: stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy and MRI. Each has unique strengths, and which one we use is determined by your physician depending upon what we're looking at. Talk with your doctor or with our staff so that you fully understand your plan of care.
Because a biopsy can create anxiety for some, we may be able to provide a small dose of a mild sedative to help you relax. Our rooms are warm and soothing and you may choose the type of music that will help you feel most comfortable.
After the procedure, you may need to stay in the room for a few minutes so we can ensure the insertion point is closing properly. After just a few minutes we'll apply a bandage and you'll be ready to leave.
At Dupont, we work hard to take the stress out of surgery (well, as much as possible). Our surgery team has developed this list of things you can do to make your surgical visit and recovery as stress-free as possible. View the complete list here.
Prevention and Early Detection
Breast cancer is similar to many other types of cancer in that it can be more effectively treated if it is detected early. The earlier the better. That means following the guidelines suggested for your age, making and keeping your physician appointments and examining your own breasts on a regular basis. Also, taking steps to reduce risk factors is important — things like exercising, eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding tobacco use.
Center for Breast Health
The professionals at the Center for Breast Health are here to help answer any breast care questions you may have before, during and after treatment. Call (260) 416-3091 to speak with our breast-health navigator. Click here for more information.