Ultrasound-Guided Core Biopsy of the Breast in Long Island & Queens
What is an ultrasound guided core breast biopsy?
An ultrasound guided core breast biopsy is a diagnostic procedure during which your doctor removes a small amount of breast tissue to be tested for irregularity, such as breast cancer. An ultrasound — which is an imaging method that sends high-frequency sound waves through your body to create sharp, real-time images — helps guide your doctor during the procedure.
Why is an ultrasound-guided core breast biopsy performed?
An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy can be done at Neighborhood Radiology Services, and is usually recommended when an irregularity or lump is discovered in breast tissue. The test may also be warranted if any of the following abnormalities are found in the breast:
- A suspicious mass
- An irregular tissue change
- A structural change in breast tissue
- A calcium collection (calcification)
What does an ultrasound-guided core breast biopsy involve?
At Neighborhood Radiology Services, an ultrasound-guided core biopsy is performed as an in-office procedure. Before the biopsy, you will usually be asked to change into a gown and lie down on a padded exam table. Then, a breast ultrasound will be performed to locate the exact area for the biopsy.
During the biopsy, your radiologist will use a small, hollow needle to remove tiny bits of tissue, known as “cores”, from the area that appears irregular. The needle will usually be inserted a few times to obtain multiple “core” samples. This ensures the most accurate results and helps prevent the need for further testing.
After the procedure, your skin will be cleaned and a small bandage is placed over the biopsied area. Your radiologist will go over the results with you following the test and explain next steps, as needed.
Are there other types of breast biopsy exams available at Neighborhood Radiology Services?
There are several breast biopsy procedures performed at Neighborhood Radiology Services, including:
Discuss your biopsy options with one of our board-certified New York radiologists to determine the best fit for your needs.
What are the benefits of having an ultrasound-guided core breast biopsy?
There are many benefits to undergoing an ultrasound-guided core breast biopsy at Neighborhood Radiology Services, including:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Little or no discomfort during procedure
- Can be done in one office visit
- No exposure to radiation
- Provides an accurate diagnosis for breast irregularities, including breast cancer
- Performed at a facility designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
If you need to book an ultrasound guided core breast biopsy, contact our board-certified radiologists at Neighborhood Radiology Services, with locations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 800-220-2220 to learn more about our services.