Ultrasound-Guided Cyst Aspiration

Compassionate care for breast cysts

Ultrasound-Guided Cyst Aspiration at Beverly Hospital

If you have a cyst (fluid-filled area) in your breast, your doctor may recommend an ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration. This simple procedure usually takes 15–30 minutes. A technologist and radiologist work together during the cyst aspiration procedure.

What to Expect

To start, you’ll lie on your back or side on a padded table, and we’ll numb the area of the cyst. Then, your technologist uses ultrasound imaging to precisely locate the cyst.

The radiologist then places a small needle directly into the cyst and withdraws fluid. The fluid from the cyst drains into a syringe, and the cyst collapses. Depending on the appearance of the fluid, your radiologist may discard it, or we may send it to the lab for analysis. We’ll apply a bandage over the puncture site. You may have slight bruising or swelling after the procedure.

How to Prepare for a Cyst Aspiration

  • Bring a list of your known allergies.
  • Bring a list of your medications, including frequency and dosage.
  • If you are taking 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.
  • You may eat a light breakfast or lunch before your biopsy.
  • Wear a comfortable bra and top that you can easily remove before the procedure.

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.