Today, Melissa Memorial Hospital performed its first Breast Biopsy under the guidance of surgeon Dr. Schiefen and utilizing our Digital Mammography machine; the procedure was an unqualified success. Even though imaging tests like the mammogram and ultrasound can find a suspicious area, they cannot tell whether it’s cancer. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure if a breast lump is cancer.
A biopsy removes some cells from the area of concern so they can be checked under a microscope. The cells can be removed using a needle or by doing surgery to take out part or all of the tumor. The type of biopsy depends on the size and location of the lump or suspicious area.
So not only are patients able to get their yearly check-up Mammograms and Ultrasounds done at MMH throughout the week and all year-round, no longer will patients have to travel to another facility if a follow-up exam such as biopsy is needed.