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Needle Biopsies



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Breast Cancer 101 (Interactive Multimedia) - Needle Biopsy
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A needle biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove samples of tissue or cells from the breast. A pathologist studies these samples under a microscope to see if they contain cancer. If they do, more tests will be done to help you and your health care provider plan your treatment. Learn more about these tests.

Needle biopsies can be used to study a:

  • Lump that can be felt (palpable mass)
  • Suspicious area that can only be seen on a mammogram or other imaging test (non-palpable mass)

There are two types of needle biopsies:

Updated 10/22/13



  Core Needle Biopsy



 Fine Needle Aspiration
(Fine Needle Biopsy)