A Max-Core Biopsy, also known as a vacuum-assisted breast biopsy, is a specialized medical procedure used to obtain tissue samples from the breast for further examination. It is performed to diagnose suspicious breast lesions or abnormalities detected during breast imaging, such as mammography or ultrasound. The procedure involves using a vacuum-assisted biopsy device to extract multiple tissue samples in a minimally invasive manner.
- Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy Device: The Max-Core Biopsy system utilizes a vacuum-assisted biopsy device, which allows for the collection of multiple tissue samples in a single procedure.
- Image Guidance: The biopsy procedure is often guided by imaging techniques such as mammography, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to precisely target the suspicious lesion or abnormality.
- Minimally Invasive: Max-Core Biopsy is considered a minimally invasive procedure, as it requires only a small incision to access the breast tissue, resulting in minimal scarring and a shorter recovery period compared to open surgical biopsies.
- Local Anesthesia: The biopsy area is usually numbed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
- Diagnostic Biopsy: Max-Core Biopsy is used to obtain tissue samples from breast lesions or abnormalities to determine whether they are cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
- Suspicious Imaging Findings: The procedure is performed when mammography, ultrasound, or other imaging studies reveal suspicious breast lesions, including masses, microcalcifications, or other abnormalities.
- Second Opinion: In some cases, Max-Core Biopsy is used to obtain additional tissue samples for a second opinion or further analysis when the initial biopsy results are inconclusive.
- Surveillance Biopsy: For patients with a history of breast cancer or high-risk lesions, Max-Core Biopsy may be used for surveillance or follow-up purposes to monitor changes in breast tissue.
- Treatment Planning: The biopsy results help in the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or other treatments depending on the diagnosis.