Diagnostic Exams and Breast Biopsies

At The Woman's Imaging Group, we know that diagnostic imaging services are important to women of all ages. Our MQSA and FDA credentialed radiologists provide extensive diagnostic imaging services, including ultrasound exams, diagnostic mammograms, and biopsies to women of all ages in the metro Atlanta area.

Diagnostic Imaging at The Woman's Imaging Group

The Woman's Imaging Group was founded on one key principle: women first, breast cancer second. Our patented Pink Compass Patient Navigator program is designed to guide patients through each step of the diagnostic imaging and breast cancer diagnosis process.

Benefits of the Pink Compass program include:

  • Breast cancer screening results within one hour.
  • The convenience of completing further diagnostic imaging exams within the same visit.
  • If required, referral to a qualified breast surgeon.
  • Closely monitored follow-up care.

Who Can Benefit from Diagnostic Imaging?

While the American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 receive annual mammograms and clinical breast exams, many younger women can benefit from preventative exams and diagnostic imaging procedures.

It is recommended that women over 20 perform monthly breast self-examinations, and that women between the ages of 20-39 receive clinical breast exams at least once every three years.

Frequent diagnostic exams are recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer. The board certified radiologists at The Woman's Imaging Group can recommend how often women in this category should receive diagnostic exams.

Other women who may benefit from diagnostic imaging include those who experience:

  • Changes in breast size or shape
  • Nipple changes or discharge
  • Dimpling or thickening of the skin
  • Lumps in the breast(s) or under the arm(s)

These abnormalities could be early signs of malignant tumors or breast cancer. Our diagnostic imaging centers in Lithia Springs and Norcross provide women with a welcoming environment where they may discuss their options with our highly certified physicians.

Diagnostic Imaging and Exams for Women

The highly qualified, board certified radiologists of The Woman's Imaging Group specialize in women's diagnostic imaging. We combine our expertise with a soothing atmosphere, our proprietary Pink Compass program, and a warm, welcoming staff to help ease patient anxiety.

The Woman's Imaging Group requires physician referrals for diagnostic exams, and we welcome both walk-ins and appointments.

Breast Biopsy - Stereotactic

This type of biopsy is for the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders. Different types of biopsy may be done. Stereotactic breast biopsy uses mammography to help pinpoint the spot in the breast that needs to be removed.

How the Test is Performed

You are asked to undress from the waist up.

You are most likely be asked to lie facing down on the biopsy table. The breast that is being biopsied hangs through an opening in the table. The table is raised and the doctor will perform the biopsy from underneath. In some cases, stereotactic breast biopsy is done while the woman sits in an upright position.

A stereotactic biopsy includes the following steps:

  • The WIG radiologist first cleans the area on your breast. Numbing medicine is injected. This may sting a little.
  • The breast is pressed down to hold it in position during the procedure.
  • The WIG radiologist makes a very small incision on your breast over the area that needs to be biopsied.
  • Using a special machine, a needle or sheath is guided to the exact location of the abnormal area. A few samples of breast tissue are taken.
  • A small metal clip may be placed into the breast in the biopsy area. The clip marks it for surgical biopsy later, if needed.

After the tissue sample has been taken, the catheter or needle is removed. Ice and pressure are applied to the site to stop any bleeding. A bandage will be applied to absorb any fluid. Stitches are not needed. Adhesive strips may be placed over any wound, if needed.

Why the Test is Performed

Stereotactic breast biopsy is used when a small growth or calcifications are seen on a mammogram, but cannot be seen using an ultrasound of the breast.

The tissue samples are sent to a pathologist to be examined.

Breast Biopsy - Ultrasound

Before the procedure, you are asked to undress from the waist up. You wear a gown that opens in the front.

You are awake during the biopsy. You lie on your back. The health care provider first cleans the area on your breast, and injects a numbing medicine.

  • The doctor makes a very small cut on your breast over the area that needs to be biopsied.
  • The doctor uses an ultrasound machine to guide the needle to the abnormal area in your breast that needs to be biopsied.
  • A few biopsies may be taken.
  • A small metal clip or needle may be placed into the breast in the area of the biopsy to mark it, if needed.

Once the tissue sample has been taken, the catheter or needle is removed. Ice and pressure are applied to the site to stop any bleeding. A bandage is applied to absorb any fluid. You do not need any stitches after the needle is taken out. If needed, strips of tape may be placed to close the wound.

Our offices are available in convenient metro Atlanta locations in both Norcross and Marietta. To schedule a diagnostic exam at our Norcross office, please call 678-336-6466; to make an appointment at our Marietta office, please call 770-422-1988.