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Mammography, Breast Imaging, and Biopsy

Breast Cancer Radiology Services

Mammography involves x-raying the breast to identify and evaluate cysts, tumors, lesions or other abnormalities. The procedure can identify abnormalities in breast tissue before a lump or growth can be felt during a self-exam.

When an abnormality of the breast tissue is discovered, further analysis may be required to determine if the growth is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). Stereotactic breast biopsy is a simple outpatient procedure that allows physicians to analyze a sample of breast tissue for the presence of cancer cells. Under local anesthesia, a tiny "nick" is made in the patient's breast and a small sample of tissue is removed for analysis. The procedure is relatively painless and requires no stitches. Not all patients are candidates for stereotactic biopsy. Stereotactic Biopsy is utilized when an abnormality is visualized by x-ray. Abnormalities that are visualized by ultrasound are also biopsied at our center as a simple outpatient procedure. Under certain circumstances, a traditional "open" surgical biopsy is required to remove and analyze a sample of tissue.

In addition to ultrasound and regular x-ray services, Pomona Valley Hospital is proud to offer 3D mammography, the most accurate breast cancer screening system available at our Pomona, La Verne, Chino Hills and Claremont locations.

For more information about the Breast Health Center at PVHMC, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 909.469.9472.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Breast Health Center
1910 Royalty Drive
Pomona, CA 91767