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Breast Biopsy

Performed by an Expert, Caring Medical Team

A breast biopsy is recommended after there has been a suspicious finding on a mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI. During this procedure, a sample or ‘core’ of breast tissue is taken using a specialized needle and image-guided technology. The tissue sample is sent to a pathologist to examine under a microscope and determine the nature of the cells in question. Most biopsy results are negative, which means there is no presence of disease, but biopsy is needed to confirm that assessment.

There are 4 types of image-guided biopsies that we perform.  They are all extremely reliable, highly-accurate and minimally invasive (non-surgical) methods for analyzing breast tissue.  We'll work closely with your referring provider to ensure the most effective biopsy method is selected based on your unique needs.  We usually prefer to recommend the biopsy technique based on the modality where the breast tissue was best visualized during the diagnostic process.

Our staff understands the anxiety that patients experience as part of the biopsy procedure.  We take extra care to ensure your comfort during the procedure.  Our radiologists have years of experience performing breast biopsy, keeping your procedure as easy and efficient as possible, and communicating with you every step of the way.

Locations

Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.


Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Potomac, MD
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Suite 120, Potomac, MD 20854
P: 240-223-4700 | F: 240-223-4701
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., September 25 (screening mammograms only)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., October 2 (screening mammograms only)

Preparing For Your Breast Biopsy Procedure

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your Breast Biopsy procedure. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

 

BREAST BIOPSY - EXCLUDING BREAST MRI BIOPSY

  • Avoid aspirin, aspirin-containing products, similar blood thinning products and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve) for 5 days prior to the biopsy procedure, unless otherwise instructed at the time of scheduling.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner, such as Coumadin, check with your referring physician before your biopsy, as you may need to briefly discontinue use of this drug.
  • If you have any questions concerning whether you should continue taking a specific medicine prior to your biopsy procedure, please contact our office at least five days before the date of your scheduled biopsy.
  • On the day of your biopsy, wear a comfortable two-piece outfit, including a comfortable supportive bra.
  • Do not use powder, lotion or deodorant.
  • Light meal only before the procedure.

 

BREAST MRI GUIDED BIOPSY ONLY

  • Avoid aspirin, aspirin-containing products, similar blood thinning products and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve) for 5 days prior to the biopsy procedure, unless otherwise instructed at the time of scheduling.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner, such as Coumadin, check with your referring physician before your biopsy, as you may need to briefly discontinue use of this drug.
  • If you have any questions concerning whether you should continue taking a specific medicine prior to your biopsy procedure, please contact our office at least five days before the date of your scheduled biopsy.
  • On the day of your biopsy, wear a comfortable two-piece outfit, including a comfortable supportive bra.
  • Do not use powder, lotion or deodorant.
  • No solid food 4 hours before your study.
  • Clear fluids are allowed up to 2 hours before your study.

If you have any follow-up questions about these important biopsy preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.