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Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

What is Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy?
Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell From these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells—either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle—from a suspicious area in the Breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. Image-guided needle biopsy is not designed to remove the entire lesion, but most of a very Small lesion may be removed in the process of biopsy.

In ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound imaging is used to help guide the radiologist's instruments to the site of the abnormal growth

Why should I do it?
An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy can be performed when a breast ultrasound shows an abnormality such as:

  • A suspicious solid mass
  • A distortion in the structure of the breast tissue
  • An area of abnormal tissue change

There are times when your doctor may decide that ultrasound guidance for biopsy is appropriate even for a mass that can be felt.

Any preparations needed?

  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.
  • You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
  • You should report to your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to anesthesia.
  • Your physician will advise you to stop taking aspirin or a blood thinner three days before your procedure.
  • Inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
  • You may want to have a relative or friend accompany you and drive you home afterward. This is recommended if you have been sedated