Breast Biopsy

A breast biopsy involves removing a sample of breast tissue to determine whether it is cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). While physical breast exam, mammography, ultrasound, and other breast imaging methods can help detect a breast abnormality, biopsy followed by pathological (microscopic) analysis is the only definitive way to determine if cancer is present.

Once a sample of breast tissue has been removed by the radiologist, it is sent to the laboratory for microscopic examination by a pathologist. A clinical pathologist is a physician who performs laboratory analyses of tissues to determine their type.

The Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists Difference

At Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists, we use the latest biopsy technology.  Dr. Schroeder and the CBIS team of experts have been performing minimally invasive breast biopsy for over 20 years and have performed over 10,000 procedures.  CBIS uses the GE Healthcare Stereotaxy system which offers significant advantages over other systems.  Unlike the “prone” (facedown) alternative, this system does not have any weight limits and can access abnormalities from multiple approaches with almost no restrictions related to breast size or the location of the abnormality.  The system uses the same high resolution digital detector as our digital mammography system so any abnormality that can be seen on a mammogram can be biopsied.

Can I choose Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists to perform my biopsy even if I got my mammogram somewhere else?

You can always choose where to go for your medical care, regardless of where you had your mammogram or what doctor you use for your primary care.

Many women prefer to get a second opinion before undergoing breast biopsy.  Most breast biopsies are performed on women who do not have cancer. Our experts have the experience to determine which breast biopsies are necessary and we can often determine that a biopsy is not needed.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD YOU NEED A BIOPSY WE WILL REVIEW YOUR CASE AT NO CHARGE.  We would be glad to review your images and discuss your options with you.

If you choose CBIS for your biopsy or wish a free second opinion just call us at 252-565-8951 (or send an online request) and we will work with you and your doctor to schedule the procedure, usually within a few days.