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Breast Imaging & Biopsy

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime.

Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are: 1. Being a woman and 2. Getting older.

A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to capture a picture of breast tissue to screen for breast cancer, identify changes in the breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump's location before a biopsy or surgery. The Women’s Imaging Center at Reston Hospital Center also offers digital mammography—for the highest degree of clarity and accuracy.

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When lumps or abnormalities are detected in the breast during mammography or other imaging methods, a breast biopsy may be needed to determine whether it's cancerous.

A breast biopsy is a highly accurate, minimally invasive method for locating the abnormality and removing a tissue sample for investigation. It's typically used when the abnormality is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate by hand. The procedure is performed by a specially trained radiologist or surgeon using either stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance.

How You Benefit

An image-guided breast biopsy is typically an outpatient procedure with very rare complications. It's less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. The image guidance allows the radiologist or surgeon to biopsy the abnormality while avoiding nearby blood vessels and vital organs. It's also an effective way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Breast Care

ACR Breast Imaging Center of ExcellenceThe Women's Imaging Center at Reston Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This prestigious accreditation identifies our breast care team as meeting rigorous national standards for excellence in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound–evidence of our commitment to outstanding breast care.