Once you have checked in at the front desk and completed the required paperwork you will be brought into an Ultrasound room where the Sonographer will prep you for the Breast Biopsy procedure. You will have to remove your clothing from the waist up and will be given a gown to wear. Once ready, the Radiologist will be brought into the room to complete the Breast Biopsy.
You will be asked to lay down on the bed. The biopsy area will be identified using Ultrasound. The skin will be cleansed and the biopsy site will be numbed with local anesthetic. A small incision will be made in the skin through which a Core Biopsy Needle will be inserted. Multiple core samples will be taken. The number of samples will depend on your specific case.
In some cases a tiny metallic Biopsy Marker Clip will be inserted to localize (mark) the lesion in the event it is difficult to find in the future. These Clips are very small and can not be felt once they are placed. They are made of titanium and do not react to the body or trigger metal detectors at the airport. If a Clip is placed, then it is standard care to document the Clip with two Mammogram images after the Biopsy.
When finished, the incision is bandaged and you are free to go. A small ice pack will be supplied for you to apply over the incision to decrease the chance of swelling and bruising.
The entire procedure takes from 30-45 minutes although this may be longer if a Clip is placed and a Mammogram is needed.
Results of the Biopsy will be sent to your Doctor within 10 working days.