MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy Video

In this medical video learn about a new way to take a breast biopsy. It is less invasive than a surgical breast biopsy, leaves a small or no scar, and can be performed in less than an hour with local anesthetic.
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Jennifer Matthews: With three sons, Daria Pistelli has plenty of men in her life. But, it's the women in her life that keep her concerned about her health. Daria Pistelli: My mother's mother died at the age of 32 of a woman's female disease, and then my mother had breast cancer. Then, 10 years later, she got ovarian cancer. Jennifer Matthews: Both Daria and her sisters know they are susceptible to the cancers, so when Daria's mammogram showed a spot, there was reason to be concerned. Daria Pistelli: They weren't really sure exactly what they were seeing. They were seeing, I guess, masses. Jennifer Matthews: To get a better idea, Doctor Jules Sumkin took advantage of an MRI guided biopsy. Dr. Jules Sumkin: We're using the MRI to find the lesion, tell us where it is in the breast, then the biopsy part is similar to other types of biopsies. Jennifer Matthews: With the MRI's sensitivity, doctors can see masses mammograms can't. It can then be used as guide during the biopsy procedure. Dr. Jules Sumkin: The problem has been, you found something, what am I going to do about it? Well, now I know what to do about it. I can biopsy it. Jennifer Matthews: In just two days, Daria got the results of her biopsy. Daria Pistelli: It turned out to be okay. There was no cancer. Jennifer Matthews: Since the MRI detects spots -- both cancerous and non-cancerous -- Daria's unnecessary worry is not uncommon, but at least she can be confident knowing there's no cancer. And knowing she has no daughters to pass the worry on to. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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