Breast intervention involves using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat patients with a breast lump or abnormality. When a lump or abnormality is found during a physical exam, mammogram or other screening process, follow up is generally needed to determine if it is cancerous or benign.
Breast Biopsy and Breast Cyst Aspiration
During breast biopsies or breast cyst aspirations, some cells are removed from the abnormal area in the breast. These cells are then examined under a microscope to determine the diagnosis. The cells are removed either surgically or through the use of a hollow needle. Image-guided biopsies are performed by taking cell samples guided by mammography, ultrasound or MRI.
Galactography uses mammography and a contrast material to obtain pictures of the inside of the breast's milk ducts. The pictures are called galactograms.