Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy 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 a stereotactic 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 biopsy needle/device within the breast while using ultrasound to obtain samples of the nodule.
  • The sample is then sent for testing.

Preparation

  • You may be off any medication that is an anticoagulant (Aspirin, Lovenox, Motrin, Heparin, Coumadin or Plavix) for five days prior to this procedure. Please contact your mammography department if you have any questions.
  • 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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