What is an image-guided core needle breast biopsy?

Lumps or masses in the breast are not unusual, and most of them are not cancerous. Some breast masses can be felt during a breast exam. Others are detectable only by mammogram (breast X-ray). How a mass is detected does not determine whether it is cancerous. Breast lumps should be evaluated by a physician experienced in diagnosing breast cancer.

Typically, when a breast biopsy is recommended for an abnormal mammogram finding, a core needle biopsy is recommended as opposed to a surgical biopsy. This procedure is safe and accurate. There is minimal bleeding and minimal scarring. Patients may usually return to work and resume ordinary activities the next day.

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