When an abnormality is found on a mammogram and can be seen by ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a noninvasive, highly accurate way to decisively determine whether a lump is cancerous or not. With the use of the ultrasound probe to help guide placement, a biopsy needle is place directly in the tissue mass. Tissue samples are then taken and sent to a pathologist.
When a breast biopsy is going to be performed surgically, a guide wire is first positioned directly into the mass. This guide wire is often placed with the help of ultrasound. Patients are awake for the procedure and may feel some slight discomfort. However, patients often report that they experience little to no pain.
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital earned the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation in breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy), and all breast imaging staff and equipment are certified under the ACR accreditation.
If you are scheduled for an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and have questions or concerns, please call (252) 384-5144 to speak with one of our professionally trained sonographers.