Guidry News Service recently visited with UTMB associate professor of surgery Dr. Taylor Riall, the author of a study of the use of breast biopsy surgery in women suspected of breast cancer, rather than minimally invasive biopsy. She said most doctors now recommend minimally invasive procedures done under ultrasonographic or X-ray guidance, with either a fine needle or a “core tissue extraction” needle, rather than open surgery. “This decreases the number of operations that a patient has to have,” she said. “It increases patient comfort and it is equally as good at establishing the diagnosis of breast cancer.” UTMB performs non-invasive biopsies more than 90 percent of the time. “I think it’s very important for the word to get out to patients so that they know,” she said. “So if they see a surgeon or a primary care doctor who recommends an open biopsy as the first line, that they have the ability to say, ‘what about this technology?’”