Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsy

Ultrasound-guided core biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that can establish the precise diagnosis of a breast problem without the need for a surgical biopsy.

  • The patient is placed on a cushioned table, on her back, slightly turned to one side with a foam cushion to support her back.
  • The radiologist injects a local anesthetic, making a small nick in the skin (less than ¼ inch) which will not require stitches.
  • A small needle is gently placed into the breast and guided to the suspicious mass with ultrasound.
  • Several small tissue samples are obtained, and sent to pathology for analysis.
  • Pressure and an ice pack is applied to the breast for any discomfort, and a small bandage is placed over the incision.
  • No stitches are required.