Breast Biopsy

A biopsy is a method of collecting a small amount of tissue using a needle, which is then examined by a pathologist for further assessment of possible diseases. Depending on the nature of the problem we may choose to collect a specimen using a fine-needle or perform a core-biopsy. The ultrasound machine is used as a guide

Typically, no preparation is required although it is important to contact us and let us know if you are taking any blood thinning medications or have an iodine allergy prior to the appointment.

The procedure usually takes about thirty (30) minutes but may take longer if we are required to biopsy multiple areas.

The biopsy will be performed by a radiologist who will be assisted by our sonographers.

The sonographer may initially perform a scan to localise the area for biopsy and then the radiologist will come in to perform the biopsy.

The radiologist will clean the skin with antiseptic. The area will be anaesthetised using local anaesthetic, then a needle used to collect the sample will be placed in position, and the specimen collected. This may be repeated three (3) to four (4) times to ensure an adequate sample to be analysed.

Once obtained, the specimen will be taken to pathology where it will be examined and a report regarding your sample will be sent to your doctor.

In some cases, the radiologist may insert a marker for future localisation of the region to be biopsied. This marker or “clip” is made of either nickel-titanium alloy or titanium, a few millimetres in length. This is important for future surgery or follow up. Unfortunately, the cost of the clip is not rebated by Medicare and an additional fee is charged per marker.

As there is some risk of bleeding and possibly some pain following this procedure, we sometimes like to keep you for observation after the procedure. Our technical staff and/or nurses will care for you and give you medication for pain if required.

After leaving it is recommended that you undertake quiet activity for the next forty-eight (48) hours

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