Breast Biopsy

If a mammogram or other breast imaging reveals an abnormality, you may be advised to have a breast biopsy. Radiology Associates of Hartford offers a full range of breast biopsy services in a convenient, outpatient setting.

During a breast biopsy, a small sample of tissue within the breast is removed and sent to a lab to determine if the tissue is concerning. Of the more than one million breast biopsies performed in the United States every year, only 20% will result in confirmed breast cancer.

Today’s biopsies are far less invasive than the “surgical” biopsies performed in years past because imaging technology is now used to guide biopsies. This results in a more precise biopsy sample, less risk, less discomfort and virtually no scarring.

Common Studies Include: Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast Cyst Aspiration, Lymph Node Biopsy

To schedule your Breast Biopsy appointment call 860-969-6400.


Breast Biopsy is available at the following Radiology Associates of Hartford locations:

Ultrasound Guided Aspiration and Biopsies:


doctor speaking with patient about breast biopsy

At RAH, our radiologists perform three different types of image-guided breast biopsy: X-ray (stereotactic), ultrasound-guided or MRI-guided. The biopsy you have is dependent on which test initially detected the abnormality, the size of the suspicious area and other factors. Following your biopsy, you will receive antiseptic and a band-aid over the skin where the biopsy needle was inserted. You may experience some soreness and you should avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day. Unless otherwise notified, you may return to work or other normal activities without delay.

Stereotactic Biopsy

This type of biopsy is most often used for calcifications within the breast. Calcifications are most often found on a mammogram, and they are also best seen with the stereotactic system. During a stereotactic biopsy, you will lie face down on a special table and your breast is gently guided through an opening within the table. The X-ray images provided by the stereotactic system help our radiologist guide the biopsy needle.

Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy at RAH

When the abnormality is detected with ultrasound, an ultrasound-guided biopsy is generally recommended. During the procedure, you lie on your back while our radiologist uses an ultrasound transducer to confirm the location of the abnormality. The images generated by the ultrasound help the doctor to guide the biopsy needle to the correct location.

MRI-Guided Biopsy

Abnormalities that are not well seen with either X-ray (hyperlink) or ultrasound may require an MRI-guided biopsy. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging (hyperlink), uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and a special computer to generate images of breast tissue. During this biopsy procedure, you will lie face down on an MRI table that is then moved into position within the machine. Our radiologists use the images created by the MRI to precisely guide the biopsy needle. During a biopsy, it is possible that a small marker or “clip” may be placed at the suspicious site within the breast. This is so the area of concern can be more easily located if additional intervention is needed.

Preparation for your specific breast biopsy exam will be provided at the time of scheduling, follow the general guidelines below.

  • Do not eat within four hours of your biopsy. You may drink clear liquids up to one hour before the procedure.
  • Let us know if you take blood thinners (e.g., Plavix, Coumadin, Heparin, etc.).
  • Do not use deodorant, perfume, powder or lotions on or near your breast on the day of your biopsy.
  • If your last mammogram was not performed at RAH, please bring a copy of your mammogram report and images.
  • Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.

If you are having an MRI-guided biopsy:

  • Do not wear metal of any kind, including jewelry.
  • Inform us if you have a pacemaker or other implanted metal device; you may receive a follow-up call from one of our technologists for more information about any implants you have.

How do I obtain results?

At Radiology Associates of Hartford, the radiologist who performed your biopsy will review the pathology reports and dictate a report of the findings. The result will be delivered to the referring physician. The referring physician will share the results with you.

To schedule your breast biopsy appointment at any of our locations, call 860-969-6400.
Online scheduling is always open!

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