The Biopsy

At HerSpace, one of our dedicated breast imagers, along with an experienced technologist, will perform the biopsy quickly. We start by locally anesthetizing the breast, after which there should be no pain or discomfort. After a tiny incision is made in the skin, the mammotome probe is inserted into or immediately beneath the abnormality with 1 mm precision. It typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete the biopsy. At the end of the procedure, assuming the abnormality has been completely or largely removed, a 2mm stainless steel marker is placed in the biopsy site to identify it on future imaging. It is so tiny that a woman will never feel it. Five minutes of pressure is applied to stop the mild post-biopsy bleeding. The tiny incision requires only a small bandage, no sutures.