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