MRI Breast Biopsy
An MRI breast biopsy is an outpatient procedure. Less invasive than a surgical biopsy, MRI breast biopsy uses a local anesthetic to numb the biopsy site. You can return to most normal daily activities the same day.
If you take aspirin or a blood thinner, your physician may advise you to stop three days before the biopsy. You may want a relative or friend to drive you home from your procedure.
Prior to your MRI breast biopsy, review the following checklist:
- Bring previous mammograms or ultrasound images to the exam.
- You can eat and drink prior to the exam.
- Continue to take any medication you normally take.
- You CANNOT have an MRI biopsy if you have:
- Certain cerebral aneurism clips
- Certain heart valves
- Cochlear implants
- Metal filings in the eye
- Certain pacemakers or defibrillators
- If you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe a mild sedative prior to the exam. If you do receive medication, bring someone with you to drive you home.
During the biopsy, the affected breast(s) are positioned in a cushioned area and lightly compressed. MR imaging guides a needle to the correct location to remove some breast tissue. A marker clip may be placed in the area of interest. If placed, a mammogram may be performed afterward to confirm that the marker clip is positioned properly.