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A 27-year-old female asked:

How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? wondering how they accurately guide the needle?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Lump biopsy: They do it the old fashioned way, before we had ultrasound to guide us. They palpate the lump and guide the needle in that way to get a biopsy specimen. It works !
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
You may need an MRI and a biopsy
Aug 5, 2014
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
They can do it: by palpation. Another imaging option is Breast MRI. It is highly sensitive for carcinoma. If it is negative, you may not need a biopsy. If it is positive, biopsy could be performed with MRI guidance.

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