A breast biopsy removes a sample of breast tissue that is looked at under a microscope to check for breast cancer.
Ultrasound is used to show an image of the breast tissue during the biopsy. This is called ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
A breast biopsy is usually done to check a lump or a suspicious area for cancer. If there is a good chance that your doctor can get a sample without doing an open (surgical) biopsy, you can have a needle biopsy instead. For a needle breast biopsy, your doctor uses a needle to take a small sample of fluid or cells from the breast for testing.
When the biopsy area is not easy to find, the breast biopsy needle is usually guided with ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound waves to make a picture of the inside of the breast. The sound waves create a picture on a video monitor.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if you:
Ultrasound is used to guide the placement of the needle during the biopsy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology & Laura S. Dominici, MD - General Surgery,
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