During a biopsy, all or part of a suspicious growth is removed and examined. Biopsies are an outpatient procedure and performed at the Funkhouser Women’s Center.
Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)
BSGI is a procedure that helps radiologists differentiate between benign and malignant diseases of the breast, thereby decreasing the need for biopsy. A small amount of a radioactive imaging agent is injected into a vein, usually the foot. The radioactive tracer is picked up at the cellular level and any abnormal activity—as occurs with cancer— shows up as a “hot spot” on the images. BSGI is performed at the hospital.
A small handheld unit, called a transducer, is moved gently over the breast, collecting sound waves. A computer turns the waves into a picture called a sonogram or ultrasound scan, which helps identify cancer.