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A biopsy is an important tool for understanding your breast health

When you need more information about your breast health, we have many tools to help. A breast biopsy gives your healthcare provider a way to take a closer look at tissue using surgery or a needle.

For a biopsy with a needle, your medical team may combine other technologies such as X-ray, mammography, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to target the area in question. If your doctor thinks surgery is the best method of biopsy, X-ray or ultrasound may assist in marking the area for your surgeon.