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Diagnostic Breast Services

Ultrasound-Guided Core Breast Biopsy 

An Ultrasound-guided core breast biopsy is a procedure that is used to evaluate lumps or cysts that have been detected by prior ultrasound. The procedure begins with a technologist performing an ultrasound to locate the area to be biopsied. Once identified, the radiologist then numbs the skin using a local anesthetic and introduces a thin, hollow needle into the breast tissue. Tiny samples of tissue are removed. Samples are sent to the pathology lab for microscopic evaluation. This procedure takes approximately 1 hour.

How to Prepare for this Procedure

  • You may eat a light breakfast or lunch
  • Wear a comfortable bra and top that can be easily removed for the procedure
  • Bring a list of all your medications, including frequency and dosage
  • Bring a list of all your allergies
  • Take your usual medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician
  • If you are taking products that can increase your risk of bleeding, medications like Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavis, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, vitamin E, ginko biloba, garlic, glucosamine chondroitin, flaxseed, fish oil, feverfew, ginger, licorice, St. Johns Wart, Zinc, please notify the nurses in the Breast Health Center by calling 978.304.8112 at least 3 days ahead of time.

Schedule a Mammogram

Call 866-479-3208

ACR Award

Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.