At the Woman’s Clinic, we offer a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided breast biopsy procedure. Tissue samples are collected percutaneously under ultrasound guidance. Percutaneous biopsy means using a needle that passes through the skin. Mammography and ultrasound detect many non-cancerous abnormalities in the breast. However, a breast biopsy is the only way to determine if the growth is cancerous. An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses soundwaves accurately to locate the solid lesion or abnormality. Next, it collects tissue samples for further analysis by a pathologist under a microscope.
This procedure is minimally invasive and an alternate to a surgical biopsy and generally takes 10-20 minutes to perform. Both the puncture site on the skin and the tissue around the tumor get anesthetized before the procedure. Sampling happens under real-time ultrasound guidance to optimize tissue sampling. A clip is deployedonce satisfactory samples are collected. A dual-view mammogram is utilized to document clip placement within the abnormality undergoing biopsy.
What to Expect
• Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for the ultrasound examination;
• Remove jewelry or other items of clothing that may interfere with the ultrasound;
• Refrain from taking aspirin or blood thinners three to five days before the procedure to lower the risks of bleeding; A detailed information will be provided by our staff before the biopsy is scheduled. The Breast imaging specialist will additionally describe the procedure prior to biopsy as during obtaining informed consent.
Ultrasound-guided biopsy is less expensive than other biopsy methods. This procedure does not expose the patient to any ionizing radiation and leaves little-to-no scars. Additionally, the recovery time is quick, and patients can soon resume their usual activities with minimal downtime. Ultrasound-guided biopsies occur more often and are a safer alternative to surgical biopsies for abnormalities visible on a sonogram.