Procedures: Fine needle aspiration cytology
What It Is:
This is the simplest form of biopsy. A fine needle and syringe is used to extract cells from the lump or abnormal area of the breast. The cells are then examined on slides in the laboratory for abnormalities. As this technique only examines the appearance of individual cell clusters, it is not always accurate nor definitive.
This test is suitable for cysts, lymph nodes and lesions that have a low risk of being cancerous.
How It Is Done
It is done under local anaesthesia in the clinic setting and takes just a few minutes.
Other Procedures:
Fine needle aspiration cytology
Ultrasound guided core biopsy
Ultrasound guided vacuum assisted excision biopsy (Mammotome ®)
Stereotactic guided vacuum assisted biopsy (Mammotome ®)