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What to do if I had a mammo ultrasound fine needle aperation now they want me to have a ultrasound guided biopsy I'm scre?

What to do if I had a mammo ultrasound fine needle aperation now they want me to have a ultrasound guided biopsy I'm scre?

Biopsy: The fine needle aspiration may have been indeterminate. The core biopsy will provide a better specimen for the pathologist to examine. If the fine needle showed a cancer, you would be going for surgical excision. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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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?

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 ! ...Read more

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What does getting an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy done on my left breast mean?

What does getting an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy done on my left breast mean?

Something on mammo: Your mammogram or clinical exam showed something that requires further investigation. The biopsy will obtain tissue for examination. Once the tissue is examined your physician will discuss the results with you. Be calm and patient. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Going in for an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, can I return to work that same day?

Going in for an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, can I return to work that same day?

If you must: While I do not Prohibit my patients from working after an ultrasound-guided biopsy, i discourage it. We use local anesthetic that tends to wear off after a few hours, leading to dull pain in the breast. Furthermore, it helps to be able to put an ice pack on the breast, which may be difficult at work. ...Read more

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How long will an ultrasound guided biopsy on a mass in my throat take? They're doing it externally

How long will an ultrasound guided biopsy on a mass in my throat take? They're doing it externally

Hy: The patient is scanned to confirm and localize the abnormality - this could take 20-30 min. The preparation and biopsy another 20 minutes total - probably 45 min. To 1 hr. Including confirmation of specimen adequacy. ...Read more

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Is vacuum assisted breast biopsy more accurate than just core needle biopsy? Both u/s guided.

Accuracy: Both are highly accurate, 97-99%, in experienced hands. Vacuum assisted may provide a better sample for the pathologist, but standard core can make up for it with more samples. One may be preferred over another in certain particular circumstances. ...Read more

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Dr used 18 gauge core needle u/s guided biopsy for 5 mm breast lesion. 4 samples were obtained. What does that mean?

Dr used 18 gauge core needle u/s guided biopsy for 5 mm breast lesion. 4 samples were obtained. What does that mean?

Breast biopsy: The "18 gauge" refers to the diameter of the core biopsy obtained (a lower number is a thicker biopsy). The "4" refers to the number of tissue samples obtained of the 5 mm. Lesion that was presumably identified by imaging. Assuming the pathology results correlate with the imaging findings, you and your care providers should feel comfortable that they are addressing the lesion appropriately. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more