Indications and techniques for biopsy

Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, Lars J. Grimm, E. Shelley Hwang, Vicki Klimberg, Kirby I. Bland

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Several breast biopsy techniques are available for patients presenting with palpable and nonpalpable lesions. Current consensus guidelines recommend percutaneous biopsy as the initial tissue acquisition modality. Image guidance (ultrasound, mammogram, or magnetic resonance imaging) improves accuracy and precision in the biopsy of nonpalpable lesions. Here we review the biopsy techniques in most common use, as well as the indications for each approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Breast
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Print)9780323359559
StatePublished - Aug 24 2017


  • Fine-needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging-guided biopsy
  • Open surgical biopsy
  • Stereotactic biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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