Radiology Associates of Hartford, P.C., provides ultrasound-guided procedures, which use ultrasound technology to help physicians perform safer, more accurate biopsies. An image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand (called palpation).
Ultrasound guidance offers:
- The advantage of live imaging
- Ease of locating the proper area for biopsy
- Guidance of the needle into the tissue
- Avoidance of blood vessels and other delicate structures
Ultrasound-guided biopsies are commonly performed on areas of the body such as the breast and thyroid. These procedures only require a local anesthetic, and can be scheduled with little interruption to your daily routine.
At Radiology Associates of Hartford, our highly skilled radiologists work closely with your referring physician, surgeon, and/or oncologist to provide cohesive patient care. Ultrasound-guided biopsies are as accurate as a surgical biopsy and is performed on an outpatient basis, taking less than 40 minutes to perform and requiring no stitches. Breast biopsies are performed in all RAH locations.
Medications to avoid:
- Avoid taking “aspirin-containing” medications for one week prior to biopsy
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications for one week prior to biopsy
- Examples of non-steroidal (anti-inflammatory) medications include: *Advil *Motrin *Aleve *Nuprin
- Please notify your surgeon, prior to surgery, if you are taking Coumadin or other blood-thinning medications, or are diabetic
How should I prepare for a Breast Biopsy?
- Shower or bathe as usual on the day of the biopsy. Do not use any deodorant, powder or lotion on the breast that will be biopsied.
- You will be given special instructions about eating and drinking before the procedure.
- You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- You may wish to bring some money with you so that you can fill any medication prescriptions you may receive after the procedure.
- It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and bring a tight fitting, supportive bra (even if you don’t usually wear one).
How is a Breast Biopsy done?
- The patient lies comfortably on an examining table
- The area of abnormality is identified using ultrasound
- The skin is prepped with a sterilizing solution
- Local anesthetic is placed in the skin and subcutaneous tissues
- A biopsy needle is placed to obtain multiple samples: no incision is required
- The patient can resume normal, non-strenuous activities immediately after the procedure is done
- Tissue samples are sent to the pathology lab for analysis
- Results are usually available within 48-72 hours
How do I obtain results?
After your biopsy is completed, we will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding follow-up care with your physician, and getting the results of your procedure.
At Radiology Associates of Hartford, the radiologist who performed your biopsy will review the pathology reports and dictate a report of the findings. The result will be phoned, faxed, mailed or delivered electronically to the referring physician. The referring physician will share the results with you.
If the final results are benign, surgery is usually not necessary and patients can be followed conservatively.
To schedule a Breast Biopsy at Radiology Associates of Hartford, please visit our locations page for more information or call us at (860) 969-6400.