• 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 small pieces of tissue through a minimally 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.

    How should I prepare?

    Paperwork is required, so we can make sure the medications we are going to give you will not interact with your current medications or cause a complication related to your past medical history.  Please click on the following link to print and complete form #1 and bring it with you to your appointment. www.penrosestfrancis.org/radforms

    •You should wear a shirt with shorts, pants, or a skirt. That way, you can undress from the waist up and leave your shorts, pants, or skirt on during the procedure. You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
    •Discontinue taking aspirin or blood thinners for 5 days prior to your procedure
    •Discontinue taking NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, etc.) for 3 days prior to your procedure.
    •You may want to have a relative or friend accompany you and drive you home afterward.
    •Avoid strenuous activity/heavy lifting for 24-48 hours after your procedure.

    Approx. length of exam: 1-2 hours

    To schedule an Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy, call Scheduling Services
    at 719-776-8010.
    For more information on The Center for Women's Imaging, call 719-776-5118.



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