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Colposcopy
Colposcopy What is colposcopy? Your healthcare provider uses colposcopy to view the opening to the uterus, called the cervix, and the vagina. It uses an instrument with a magnifying lens and a light, called a colposcope. It magnifies the image many times. The healthcare provider sees the tissues on the cervix and vaginal walls more clearly. In some cases, your provider will take a small sample of tissue for exam in the lab. This is called a cervical biopsy. Cervix. The lower, narrow part of the uterus l...
Breast Scan
Breast Scan What is a breast scan? A breast scan is an imaging test to look at your breasts. It is used when a mammogram has not given your healthcare provider enough information. A breast scan is a type of nuclear imaging test. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive matter is used during the scan. The radioactive matter called tracer sends out gamma rays. These are picked up by the scanner to make a picture of your breasts. The areas of the breast where the radioactive tracer collects in greate...
Breast MRI
Breast MRI What is breast MRI? MRI is a test that creates detailed images of organs, bones, and other structures inside your body. An MRI uses large magnets and a computer to make the images. It does not use radiation. An MRI scanner is a large machine with a tunnel. You lie on a table that slides in and out of the tunnel. For a breast MRI, a woman lies face down with her breasts positioned through holes in a table. A breast MRI is often done with contrast dye. The dye is injected into a vein in the arm...
Breast Biopsy
Breast Biopsy What is a breast biopsy? A biopsy is a small piece of tissue that is removed and checked in a lab. For a breast biopsy, breast tissue may be removed with a special biopsy needle. Or it may be removed during surgery. It is checked to see if cancer or other abnormal cells are present. Why might I need a breast biopsy? Click Image to Enlarge Breast biopsies may be done: To check a lump or mass that can be felt (is palpable) in the breast To check a problem seen on a mammogram, such as small c...