- What is a mammogram?
- What’s the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?
- How is a mammogram done?
- What to expect when you have a mammogram
- Where can I get help with mammogram costs?
- How is mammography regulated?
- What does the doctor look for on a mammogram?
- What if a breast biopsy is needed?
- Understanding your mammogram report – BI-RADS categories
- What are the limitations of mammograms?
- Mammograms in special circumstances
- Newer techniques for improving mammograms
- When are other breast imaging tests used?
- Experimental and other breast imaging methods
- To learn more
What if a breast biopsy is needed?
A suspicious area in the breast may be found by physical exam, mammogram, or another imaging test, or by some combination of these. But no matter of how it was found, the only way to know for sure if it’s cancer is to do a biopsy. This means a sample of cells or tissue is taken from the area and looked at under the microscope. For suspicious areas that cannot be felt (and even for most that can), imaging tests may be used to be sure the right area is biopsied. There are several types of biopsies, and it’s important for you to know which type the doctor recommends for you.
For detailed information on the types of biopsies and what you need to know, please see our document For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy.
Last Medical Review: 12/10/2013
Last Revised: 11/05/2014