When breast tissue abnormalities have been identified, i.e. breast lump(s), nipple discharge, breast pain, abnormal mammogram screening, diagnostic testing is needed. Testing can be broken-down into two distinct categories:
Imaging: Provides more visual information about tissue abnormalities, and includes Diagnostic Mammography, Ultrasound, and Breast MRI.
Procedures: Provide diagnostic information through the use of aspiration or biopsy. These procedures include Fine Needle Aspiration, Stereotactic Core Needle Biopsy, Ultrasound-Guided Core Needle Biopsy, Needle (Wire) Localization Biopsy for Surgical Biopsy. It is preferred that Needle Biopsy be done before surgery whenever possible.
For more information about the diagnostic procedures, please click on the topics below:
- Diagnostic Mammography
- Breast MRI
- Fine Needle Aspiration
- Stereotactic Core Needle Biopsy
- Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsy
- Needle (Wire) Localization Biopsy
- Surgical Biopsy