Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.
Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are: 1. Being a woman and 2. Getting older.
At Parkland Medical Center, we focus on total breast health, with a commitment to early detection using advanced diagnostic tools.
Prompt Action. Compassionate Care.
When lumps or abnormalities are detected in the breast during mammography or other imaging methods, our specially trained radiologists or surgeons may need to perform a breast biopsy to determine whether cancer is present. Our compassionate care includes nationally certified patient navigators to guide you through the procedure and answer your questions.
Assuring an Accurate Diagnosis
A breast biopsy is a highly accurate, minimally invasive method for locating an abnormality and removing a tissue sample for investigation. It’s typically used when the irregularity is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate by hand. We perform breast biopsies using stereotactic, MRI or ultrasound guidance that also incorporates the DynaCAD computer-aided detection system to increase diagnostic accuracy.
How You Benefit
Typically an outpatient procedure with few complications, a stereotactic or ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. Stereotactic or ultrasound guidance allows the radiologist to sample the abnormality while avoiding nearby blood vessels and vital organs. It’s also an effective way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses.