If you have already been to the Hollywood Diagnostics Center to get a mammogram you are off to a great start in maintaining your preventative health. Based on the results of that mammogram, your physician has recommended an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy in order to obtain further information. A biopsy is a procedure where a small sample of breast tissue is taken to be further examined by a laboratory.
How Are They Done?
During the procedure, small samples of tissue are removed from the breast using a hollowed-out needle. The needle is guided precisely to the correct location using ultrasound.
The ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is done with the patient lying on their back with their arm raised above the head. Before the biopsy, a warmed gel is placed on the breast. A transducer is placed on the breast and slowly moved back and forth to locate the area to be biopsied.
Once the area is identified, the radiologist will clean it and inject a local anesthetic. Once the area is completely numb, a small incision is made. To ensure the right sample is obtained, several cores of tissue need to be taken and sent to the laboratory for review by a pathologist.
After the procedure, you may notice some bruising in the area. This should go away within 5 to 7 days. If you notice excessive swelling, bleeding, drainage, redness, or heat, call your physician immediately.
It can be nerve-racking waiting for biopsy results. Wait about two working days following the procedure to call the office of the doctor who ordered your biopsy. Inform them that your biopsy has been completed. They will provide more details regarding how you will get the results.
If you live in South Florida, or specifically the city of Hollywood, and are in need of an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, or any medical imaging or procedure, then call the Hollywood Diagnostics Center today! Medical professionals are ready to assist you with all of the tests and procedures that you need to get your health in order. All of the staff is friendly and ready to answer any questions you have regarding any medical imaging technologies and procedures. Call the Hollywood Diagnostic Center at Phone: (954) 966-3600 today!