What It’s Like to Get a Breast Biopsy

There are two scenarios that can lead you to a breast biopsy. Either you go in for a routine screening mammogram and the radiologist finds something in your scan or you (or maybe your doctor) notice a lump in your breast. Either way, the next step is to get more information. Typically you’ll have more imaging done before a breast biopsy is recommended.

Most women feel understandably scared when they think about a needle going into their breast, says Dr. Jill Hammersley, a breast radiologist at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Diagnostic Imaging. But when it’s all over, almost every woman Dr. Hammersley helps through a biopsy says it was much better than they expected. Before you go in for your breast biopsy appointment, Dr. Hammersley walks you through the three types of breast biopsy procedures (ultrasound-guided, stereotactic and MRI-guided) and what to expect from each one:

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