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This procedure uses x-rays to guide the process of collecting a tissue sample. A technologist will help you lie down on a special table and position your breast through a round opening. The table will be raised so the technologist and radiologist can perform the procedure from below. Your breast will be compressed, similar to the compression of a mammogram, and x-rays will be taken from different angles.

Your breast will then be numbed with a local anesthetic, and the radiologist will use the x-ray images and a computer to guide the insertion of a needle into the abnormality. Tissue samples are then taken by a mechanism in the needle. Once the samples have been collected, the needle will be removed. Compression and a cold pack will be placed against the biopsy site. Most women return to normal activities immediately, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 48 hours.

 

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