Breast Aspiration

Breast Aspiration is a procedure where ultrasound is used to localize a fluid-filled area in the breast and remove it for diagnostic testing.

Procedure

  • You will lie flat on an exam table with your breasts exposed.
  • A non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
  • The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your breasts to obtain images of the fluid collection in your breasts.
  • The sonographer then shows the radiologist the pocket of fluid.
  • The radiologist numbs the area with lidocaine to aid in any discomfort the procedure causes.
  • The radiologist then sterilizes the area of concern and places a small needle within the fluid and removes it with a syringe.
  • The fluid is then sent for testing.

Preparation

  • You may be off any medication that is an anticoagulant (Aspirin, Heparin, Coumadin or Plavix) prior to your exam. Please contact your mammography department if you have any questions.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.

Considerations

Let the technologist know:

  • If you are on any blood thinners.
  • If you have had any previous surgery.
  • If you have difficulty lying flat on your back.
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