The radiology group at Derry Imaging Center was the first in New Hampshire to perform breast biopsies, and has many years of combined experience.
Our Fellowship trained radiologists use the latest cutting edge technology to perform interventional procedures such as breast biopsies that are guided by mammography, ultrasound or MRI.
Derry Imaging has been recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and is one of the few facilities in the area to offer tomosynthesis (3D) breast biopsies. This advanced technology provides more accurate targeting, improved visualization of the area of concern and shorter procedure time, resulting in a more efficient biopsy.
Our team of experts utilize the Hologic Affirm Upright Breast Biopsy System. The upright position is ideal for every patient body type, unlike the prone table. The upright system allows us to comfortably position the patient for biopsy, reproducing the same position used during the screening exam. This position allows greater accuracy in accessing the area of concern, resulting in a quicker procedure.
If you have been referred for a breast biopsy, you will not be alone during the procedure. One of our Breast Health Nurse Navigators will be with you all the way, to guide you through every step with gentle care and assurance. All of your questions will be addressed, and she will provide you and your family with resources and support along the way. Your nurse navigator will also work closely as a liaison with your primary care provider and surgeon.
What to expect
Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether an abnormality is benign or cancerous. Image-guided biopsy is performed by taking samples of an abnormality under some form of guidance such as ultrasound, MRI or mammography.
The radiologist will determine the best form of guidance to the site of the abnormal growth. Some common incidences are:
- a suspicious solid mass
- microcalcifications (a tiny cluster of small calcium deposits)
- a distortion in the structure of the breast tissue
- an area of abnormal tissue change
- a new mass or area of calcium deposits present at a previous surgery site
Explanations of two types of breast biopsies:
Click here for instructions how to prepare for a stereotactic breast biopsy.
Click here for instructions how to prepare for an ultrasound guided breast biopsy.