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Breast Biopsy - Glossary

Last Updated on Jan 27, 2016
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Mammograms: Mammograms are special imaging examination of the breast using X-rays. The purpose of this test is to detect breast cancer early when lumps are less than 2 cm or smaller in size (most lumps are not felt by the hand when they are 1 cm or less in diameter).

Ultrasound: A type of imaging technique which uses high-frequency sound waves.
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Aspirate: The material that is withdrawn with a negative pressure apparatus (syringe).

Breast cyst: A closed cavity or sac in the breast that is lined by epithelium often contains liquid or semi-solid material.

Benign: Stage in which it does not metastasis (spread) and treatment or removal is curative.

Cytology: The study of cells. Implies the use of light or electron microscopic methods for the study of morphology.

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