Breast abnormalities, including lumps, may require further investigation. If your physician finds an abnormality they may suggest that you receive a breast biopsy.
VMmed is fully equipped to handle all breast lump biopsy types including ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI-guided biopsies:
- Fine needle aspirations (FNACs)
- Breast core biopsies (a core biopsy of the breast)
- Punch biopsies
- Incisional biopsies
Advanced laboratory technology allows us to deliver breast biopsy results quickly – usually within 48 hours – allowing our physicians to rapidly indicate the optimal course of follow-up action. Tissue acquisition and examination are conducted by our highly qualified team, with an emphasis on patient comfort and the minimization of any breast biopsy recovery time.
Ultrasound-guided Breast Biopsy
Suspicious findings may require further investigation from your physician, including a possible ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. During an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, your physician uses an ultrasound machine to guide the needle in a very specific location in order to harvest a very small amount of tissue to be analyzed by a pathologist. VMmed’s ultrasound technology is capable of producing 3D-4D images of outstanding clarity, providing an extremely detailed view of the breast tissue. Ultrasound-guided biopsy recovery time is usually very minimal.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy is a special image-guided biopsy that uses mammography and a stereotactic table (a special table made for this biopsy) in order to harvest tissue to be analyzed by both a pathologist and a radiologist. If your physician has suspicions about an abnormality in your breast they may suggest a stereotactic breast biopsy procedure, which can produce more definitive results. A stereotactic-guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure. As with all VMmed procedures, our team will ensure that the patient is well informed and comfortable before, during and after the procedure.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy
An MRI assisted breast biopsy uses a strong magnetic field to provide surgeons and radiologist with an extremely accurate view of a very specific area under suspicion. During the MRI breast biopsy, you will be injected with a contrast dye that will help illuminate the area in question during the procedure. The surgeon will locate the area requiring biopsy.
VMmed’s MRI machine is located in our ninth floor MRI center, in a unique, sunlit environment. Our open bore (wide opening) MRI offers patients a calmer, more open experience than is available from traditional MRI machines. By greatly lessening the feeling of constriction that comes with exams in traditional MRI machines, our open bore machine is suitable for claustrophobic patients.
VMmed was also Canada’s first Siemens-Sentinelle designated Breast MRI Center of Excellence for image production, research, and staff training and testing for new MRI guided biopsy technology.
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