Ultrasound Guided Biopsy Services in Lakeland, Florida
Ultrasound is an excellent way to evaluate breast abnormalities detected by mammography. In some cases it is not possible to tell from the imaging studies alone whether a growth is benign or cancerous. That is why the ultrasound-guided breast biopsy at Women’s Imaging Center in Lakeland, Florida is so effective. An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a highly accurate way to evaluate suspicious masses within the breast that are visible on ultrasound, whether or not they can be felt on breast self-examination or clinical examination. The procedure prevents the need to remove tissue surgically, and also eliminates the radiation exposure that comes from using X-rays to locate a mass.
Biopsies are performed at our Lakeland, Florida outpatient center which is significantly less expensive and more convenient for our patients. This can save you money on insurance co-pays or deductibles, and if you’re uninsured, the test is far more affordable. To schedule your Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, please call Women’s Imaging Center at 863-577-8610.
What To Expect During a Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound-guided biopsy is most useful when there are suspicious changes on the mammogram that can also be seen on an ultrasound exam. After placing an ultrasound probe over the area of concern and after using local anesthesia, a very small nick is made in the skin at the site where the biopsy needle is inserted. Then the radiologist guides a biopsy needle directly into the mass.
One of our highly skilled team of radiologists will be constantly monitoring the lesion site with the ultrasound probe and will guide a biopsy needle or the vacuum assisted needle directly into the mass and obtains specimens. Usually, at least three to five samples are taken using the core biopsy method.