Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy

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WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND-GUIDED BREAST BIOPSY?

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a minor procedure. The radiologist places an ultrasound probe over the site of the breast abnormality, and using local anesthesia, guides a biopsy needle directly into the mass.  Multiple tissue specimens are then taken using a hand-held biopsy device.


HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?

Although ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is minimally invasive, there is a risk of bleeding whenever the skin is penetrated.  For this reason, if you are taking aspirin, you are advised to stop 7 days before the procedure.  Please inform our staff if you have a known bleeding problem or have been taking blood thinners.  If so, we will need to coordinate your biopsy with your referring physician.

Avoid the use of underarm powder or deodorant before the procedure.

Wear comfortable, two-piece clothing.

A breast biopsy always raises concern about cancer, thus increasing your level of anxiety.  We request that you have a relative or a friend present to lend support, and also to drive you home afterwards.

 
CAN I EAT BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?

Yes, you may eat a light meal before the procedure.

 

 

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The entire ultrasound-guided core biopsy should take approximately one hour or less.

 


WHEN DO I GET THE RESULTS?

The tissue sample will be sent to UNC Pathology for review.  A diagnosis will be available within three to four business days.  If you are seen by the UNC Surgical Breast Clinic, you should obtain your results from them; otherwise, you need to contact the radiologist who performed your biopsy to obtain your results.