Ultrasound and Biopsy

Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasounds are usually performed when you or a physician have detected a lump in your breast, or if you are experiencing abnormal nipple discharge. The ultrasound can help determine whether a breast mass is a fluid-filled non-cancerous cyst or a solid mass that could either be cancerous or non-cancerous. The ultrasound rooms at Providence Breast Health Center have been built and furnished for your comfort, with soft music, dim lighting, and extra-cushy ultrasound beds.

Preparation

On the day of your exam, please wear a two-piece outfit.

Learn more about breast ultrasounds and how to prepare for this exam.

Ultrasound-Guided Core Needle Breast Biopsy

Sometimes it’s necessary to do a biopsy of the breast to determine whether or not an abnormality is cancerous. This is usually done if the physician can feel a palpable lump. At Providence Breast Health Center, you will be guided to a comfortable room where the physician will perform your core needle biopsy. This eliminates both the cost and discomfort of having an open biopsy in a hospital operating room.

The procedure only takes a few minutes and most patients experience significantly less discomfort than with an open biopsy. Be sure to note that it is not necessary to take an entire day off from your activities for this procedure, although you may feel a little sore afterwards.

Preparation

On the day of your biopsy, please wear a two-piece outfit. Refrain from taking aspirin three days before or after your biopsy.

Read more about ultrasound-guided core needle breast biopsy and how to prepare for this procedure.

Stereotactic Core Needle Breast Biopsy

A stereotactic core needle breast biopsy is usually done if a cluster of microcalcifications (tiny calcium deposits) show up on your annual screening mammogram or if a mass shows up on your mammogram that is too small to be felt. Physicians at Providence Breast Health Center will perform the biopsy using our advanced stereotactic equipment to provide you with a quick and precise biopsy.

Like the ultrasound-guided biopsy, this procedure only takes a few minutes and will be done in our center. And also just like the ultrasound-guided biopsy, this procedure eliminates the cost and discomfort of having an open biopsy in a hospital operating room, and most patients experience significantly less discomfort than an open biopsy.

Preparation

On the day of your biopsy, please wear a two-piece outfit. Refrain from taking aspirin three days before or after your biopsy.

Learn more about stereotactic core needle breast biopsy and how to prepare for this procedure.