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Radiology Exam: Breast Biopsy

Breast biopsy procedures precisely target suspicious breast tissue to sample. Breast biopsies performed by radiologists use image guidance and are obtained in a minimally-invasive manner without an incision or general anesthesia.

There are many types of biopsies that Johns Hopkins subspecialty radiologists perform. The radiologist will recommend the most minimally-invasive procedure possible depending on the size and location of your mass. Most biopsies yield a benign (non-cancerous) result, and about 20 percent of breast lumps are cancerous. Your radiologist will give you expert advice about the biopsy result, allowing you to plan any additional treatments from the very beginning.

Breast Biopsy: What You Need to Know

Biopsies are primarily done to:

  • To check a lump or mass that can be felt in the breast
  • To check a problem seen on a mammogram, such as small calcium deposits in breast tissue (microcalcifications) or a fluid-filled mass (cyst)
  • To find out if an image-detected breast mass is cancer (malignant) or not cancer (benign)

Why Choose Johns Hopkins Radiology for Breast Biopsy procedures?

Our Physicians

Our diagnostic radiologists have subspecialty training in performing and interpreting breast biopsy results to assist in determining the best course of treatment.  Our state-of-the-art equipment and technology is combined with providing the highest level of patient care.

Find a Johns Hopkins radiologist who specializes in breast biopsy procedures.


Our Locations

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