Breast Ultrasound in Arizona
Breast Ultrasound is used in conjunction with mammograms. In a breast ultrasound, sonography is directed to mammographic abnormalities or symptomatic areas of the breast. Breast Ultrasound can also differentiate cysts from solid masses and guide breast biopsies.
Breast Biopsy in Arizona
Often a mammogram alone won’t reveal if a mass is benign or malignant. In this case, it is necessary to obtain a tissue sample. As an alternative to a surgical breast biopsy, Scottsdale Medical Imaging (SMIL) radiologists offers several minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures:
Ultrasound-directed Core Breast Biopsy or Aspiration
Ultraound technology is used to direct a core needle breast biopsy of a solid mass or aspiration of a cyst. Breast imaging specialists watch in real-time during the procedure, which requires only local anesthesia and no radiation.
Vacuum-assisted Stererotactic Breast Biopsy
Digital mammography guides a core needle breast biopsy. This breast biopsy technique is most often used for calcification or masses that can be seen mammographically but not by an ultrasound. The procedure requires local anesthesia and only low-dose radiation.
MRI-Guided Vacuum-assisted Breast Biopsy
MRI images are used to guide a core needle breast biopsy to abnormalities not seen on mammography or sonography. SMIL was the first to offer MRI-guided breast biopsies in The Valley and remains one of the only sites in the Southwest to offer this technology. The procedure requires only local anesthesia and no radiation.