Minimally invasive breast biopsies are outpatient procedures that require local anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss your options and determine the most appropriate biopsy method for you. Some of the more common minimally invasive breast biopsy methods are listed below.
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB)
Fine needle aspiration biopsy uses a very thin needle to withdraw fluid or tissue samples.
Stereotactic Core Needle Biopsy
Stereotactic core needle biopsy uses a thicker needle than FNAB to remove several tissue samples.
Mammatone® uses a needle and suction to remove a cylinder shape of suspicious tissue. The needle is inserted once, but its angle can be adjusted to take continuous tissue samples. A tiny metal marker may be placed at the site in case cancer treatments are necessary.
Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation (ABBI)
Advanced breast biopsy instrumentation uses a special needle that has a rotating blade that can be adjusted to remove different sizes of tissue. ABBI can even remove small cancerous areas. This minimally invasive surgical method may require a few stitches to close the incision.