MRI Guided Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy - Benefits and Risks
- An MRI guided vacuum assisted breast biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy and leaves little or no scarring.
- An MRI guided vacuum assisted breast biopsy is usually completed within 1 hour.
- MRI does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
- Compared to surgical biopsy, MRI guided breast biopsy is quicker, causes less damage and is less costly.
- Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities.
- There is a risk of bleeding and forming hematoma, or a collection of blood at the biopsy site. The risk however, is very minimal and appears to be less than 1% in patients.
- An occasional patient has significant discomfort which can be readily controlled by non-prescription pain medication.
- Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries a risk of infection.
- If you have breast implants, the needle could potentially puncture the implant.
- An MRI guided breast biopsy carries a