Breast Screening & Diagnosis

Expert testing and treatments

Breast Screening and Diagnosis at Beverly Hospital

If your breast screening reveals something that requires more testing, we're here to help. We are proud to offer you the latest in advanced diagnostics. We offer a range of breast diagnostic services:

Learn About Needle Localization

Needle Localizations 

If the area of concern on a mammogram cannot be felt, the surgeon will need help finding it. After numbing the skin, the radiologist inserts a thin, hollow needle into your breast. The radiologist takes X-rays to confirm the location of the needle. Then, we insert a wire through the needle, tape the wire into place and remove the hollow needle.

Your care team transports you to the operating room. There, the surgeon uses the wire to locate the area we need to remove. The needle localization portion of the biopsy procedure takes about 90 minutes. Total length of stay depends on the length of the biopsy procedure and your recovery time.

How To Prepare for a Needle Localization
  • Bring a list of your known allergies.
  • Bring a list of your medications, including frequency and dosage.
  • If you take products that can increase your risk of bleeding, please notify the nurses in the Breast Health Center by calling 978-304-8112 at least three days before your procedure. This includes a variety of products:
    • Aspirin
    • Coumadin
    • Feverfew
    • Fish oil
    • Flaxseed
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Gingko biloba
    • Glucosamine chondroitin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Licorice
    • Motrin
    • Naprosyn
    • Plavix
    • St. John's wort
    • Vitamin E
    • Zinc
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Take your usual medications, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
  • This procedure requires fasting. Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your procedure.
  • You may shower but do not use deodorants, lotion, powder or perfume.

Types of Breast Conditions We Treat

Access diagnostic, preventive and screening services for all types of breast conditions, including: 
  • Benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors
  • Breast abnormalities
  • Breast calcifications
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast discharge
  • Breast infections
  • including mastitis
  • Cysts
  • Duct ectasia
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fibroadenomas

Services & Specialties

When needed, your breast health team works with other subspecialty providers at Beverly Hospital to ensure you have the care you need to feel your very best.

Featured Locations

Lahey Health Primary Care Danvers 480-Maple St
Breast Health Center at Beth Israel Lahey Health Care Center–Danvers Address Icon 480 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923
Phone Icon 866-479-3208
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building
Women's Health & Medical Arts Building Address Icon 83 Herrick St.
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone Icon 978-922-3000