Wire Localization Surgical Biopsy

A wire localization assists a surgeon in locating a breast abnormality not felt on a manual breast exam.

The procedure allows the surgeon to remove a small amount of breast tissue for the pathologist to make a definitive diagnosis.

  • Under local anesthesia, a small needle containing a wire will be inserted into the area of concern.
  • After the location of the needle is verified by additional mammographic views or ultrasound, the needle will be removed, leaving the wire in place in order to guide the breast surgeon to the abnormality during surgery.