Image guided biopsy techniques are the primary mechanism for evaluating breast abnormalities and have largely replaced surgical biopsy as a diagnostic procedure. The indications for biopsy include findings from screening mammograms which are supplemented with diagnostic imaging as well as clinical findings such as a palpable mass, nipple discharge or skin changes. The techniques for biopsy primarily utilize a core needle device and more rarely fine needle aspiration, punch biopsy and surgical excision.
KeywordsImage guided breast biopsy Breast abnormality Surgical biopsy Core needle device Needle aspiration Punch biopsy Surgical excision
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