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MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy in Lakeland, FL

When an abnormality is detected within the breast, a biopsy may be required to determine whether it is benign or cancerous. A breast biopsy (also called a needle biopsy) is the standard procedure to remove a very small amount of the suspect tissue for further analysis.

However, when the abnormal area within the breast is too small to be felt by hand, or is not well suited for X-ray or ultrasound, an MRI-guided breast biopsy is often performed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used by the interventional radiologist to help accurately guide the biopsy needle within the breast. It is often used when an MRI of the breast shows an abnormality that is not detected by another imaging technique.

Women’s Imaging Center in Lakeland, Florida performs minimally invasive biopsies that will allow you to resume normal activities within a few hours after completion of the procedure. We are designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence through the American College of Radiology. This designation means that your imaging tests are being completed by a center that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. We have gone through comprehensive reviews to earn this status and take it seriously. Your care and safety is our number one priority. To schedule your breast biopsy, please call our center at 863-577-8610.

About The MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy Procedure

Preparing for an MRI-guided biopsy is similar to preparing for an MRI. You will be asked to wear a gown during the exam and you may not have any metal on you when in the exam room. You will also be given a contrast material (like gadolinium) intravenously which will enhance the view of the suspicious area.

You will lie face down on a moveable exam table. Your breast will be gently compressed. Using computer software, the radiologist will measure the position of the suspicious area and calculate the position and depth of needle placement. A small marking “clip” may be placed at the site of the biopsy within the breast. This is so that the site can be easily located for further monitoring or if intervention, such as surgery, is needed. Once the sample is taken, it will be sent to the lab for analysis.

Preparation and Special Instructions for MRI-Guided Breast Ultrasound

If you are taking aspirin or a blood thinner, your physician will advise you to stop these medications five days before the procedure.

Aleve • Alka-Seltzer • Aspirin • Advil • BC or Goody’s Powder • Bextra • Celebrex • Coumadin or Warfarin • Excedrin • Ibuprofen • Levaquin • Mobic • Multivitamin • Naprosyn • Plavix • Vitamin E • Vioxx

Regular medications should be taken as prescribed by a physician. A comfortable two-piece garment should be worn. Please avoid using talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your biopsy.

What to Expect During The Biopsy

You will be awake during your biopsy and should have little or no discomfort. Generally, the biopsy is completed in less than an hour. It is not necessary to close the tiny skin incision with sutures; a small compression dressing will do. Most patients are able to resume their usual activities later the same day.

A pathologist will examine the tissue specimens after they are processed. A definite diagnosis will be available within a few days. When the final biopsy findings are available, you may have a session with your physician to discuss the results and decide together on the next step.

Contact Women’s Imaging Center

Women’s Imaging Center is among Central Florida’s leading providers of women’s diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services. We offer you some of the most experienced professionals at performing 3D mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and automated whole breast ultrasound (an excellent supplemental screening option for women with dense breasts), as well as the full range of breast biopsy services.

We service patients all over Central Florida including Lakeland, Plant City, Kissimmee, and Winter Haven. For more information, or to schedule your appointment at our Lakeland office, please call 863-577-8610.

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