Mammograms and Other Breast Imaging Tests

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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