Types of Biopsy Services We Offer


Breast Ultrasound Biopsy

An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure used to test lumps or masses in the breast by extracting cells with a specialized needle. When a questionable or suspicious finding is discovered on imaging, the radiologist may recommend a breast needle biopsy to determine if the mass is benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancer). An imaging abnormality seen by ultrasound can be biopsied using ultrasound as a guide, even if it cannot be felt on clinical or self-breast examination. The physicians at The Women’s Imaging Center use their extensive clinical experience to determine the need for biopsy. 

Breast Stereotactic Biopsy

Assessing for early changes in the breast tissue, a breast stereotactic biopsy localizes breast cluster calcifications in 3D and generates images from various angles with X-rays. The stereotactic procedure shows the radiologist where to biopsy these small calcifications, the size of grains of sand. The tissue sample is obtained through a small anesthetized nick on the skin, so small that no stitches are needed.

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

When suspicious findings appear on a breast MRI, a breast biopsy may be appropriate to further investigate. Our radiologists are experts at performing MRI-guided breast biopsies. The patient lies on the MRI imaging table and contrast injected shows the radiologist which areas of the breast show concentrate that dye. An MRI biopsy is performed to distinguish benign versus cancerous lesions. 

Ultrasound-Guided Thyroid Biopsy

Some thyroid nodules have suspicious characteristics, such as an irregular shape or calcifications, that will require a thyroid needle biopsy. Our specialists can help. The radiologist uses ultrasound to guide a very small needle into an anesthetized area of the neck to obtain cells for analysis. Most thyroid nodules are benign, but biopsy can distinguish benign from cancerous nodules. 

Our Experienced Radiologists Provide Specialized Care

We are here to provide comprehensive imaging services, from diagnosis to testing. Our fellowship-trained radiologists bring their expertise to breast and women’s imaging as well as advanced biopsy procedures. With our commitment to the patient experience, we are raising the standards of women’s imaging in Denver and beyond.

Kelly McAleese, M.D.

Timothy Colt, M.D.

Barbara Jaegar, M.D.

John Lewin, M.D.

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Be Proactive with Your Health

Biopsy is an important tool that provides critical information about your health. Our specialists are here to guide you through a minimally-invasive breast biopsy when needed. Schedule this potentially life-saving procedure today.


Frequently Asked Questions About Biopsies

How is a biopsy done?

A biopsy is a medical procedure in which a small piece of tissue or cells is removed from a person's body for examination under a microscope. A biopsy aims to help diagnose or rule out certain medical conditions, such as cancer or infections.

Are biopsy results immediate?

Biopsy results will take a few business days.

Are biopsies covered by health insurance?

Biopsies are always considered a medical necessity and should be covered by any health insurance plan.

Can biopsy determine what stage of cancer?

A biopsy can help diagnose cancer by determining whether cancerous cells are in the tissue sample. However, a biopsy alone typically cannot determine the stage of cancer.

The cancer stage refers to how much cancer has grown and spread within the body. Staging usually involves a combination of imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRIs, and other diagnostic procedures, such as biopsies of nearby lymph nodes.

In some cases, the type and grade of cancer determined by the biopsy can give clues about the stage. For example, certain types of cancer may be more likely to spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs. However, staging usually requires more information than a biopsy alone can provide.

Once the cancer is staged, the treatment plan can be developed, and the prognosis or outlook for the patient can be determined. It's important to talk to your doctor about your biopsy results and any additional tests or procedures that may be needed to determine the stage of your cancer.

What should you not do after a biopsy?

After a biopsy, there are certain activities and behaviors that you should avoid to minimize the risk of complications and promote proper healing:

  • Do not remove the bandage or dressing covering the biopsy site until your doctor tells you it is safe.
    Avoid strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects, for at least 24 to 48 hours after the biopsy to reduce the risk of bleeding or further tissue damage.
  • Avoid swimming or soaking in a bathtub or hot tub for at least 24 to 48 hours after the biopsy to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Do not consume alcohol or take any blood-thinning medications or supplements for at least 24 to 48 hours after the biopsy unless your doctor specifically advises you to do so.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you are given sedatives or anesthesia during the biopsy. These can impair your coordination and reaction time.
  • Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms or complications after the biopsy, such as excessive bleeding, fever, severe pain, or signs of infection around the biopsy site.