US Guided Breast Biopsy
What is an US Guided Breast Biopsy?
An ultrasound guided breast biopsy is a procedure that utilizes ultrasound and a needle to sample an abnormality in the breast to obtain a diagnosis.
What you can expect during your US Guided Breast Biopsy exam?
After the abnormality is identified on ultrasound by the radiologist, the area of the skin in which the needle will be inserted is cleaned and sterilized. The radiologist numbs the area and carefully inserts the needle into the breast abnormality. Very little pain should be expected when the skin is numbed; otherwise, some minimal pressure may be felt. Once the needle is in correct position for sampling, the samples are taken and a breast clip may or may not be placed in the breast. The breast clip marks the area that was biopsied, so future workup on that same area will likely not be needed. It also aids the surgeon if further surgery is needed following the biopsy.
The biopsy will take about 30 minutes. If lab work is needed prior to the biopsy, this may lengthen exam time.