Breast Biopsy Mammotome

Breast Biopsy Mammotome is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound for guidance and localizes the nodule to accurately obtain samples to send for 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 solid nodule in your breast.
  • The sonographer then shows the radiologist the nodule.
  • 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 mammotome device within the breast while using ultrasound to obtain samples of the nodule.
  • The sample is then sent for testing.

Preparation

  • You must be off any medication that is an anticoagulant (Aspirin, Heparin, Coumadin or Plavix) for five days prior to this procedure.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring a prescription from your doctor.

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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