Yes, breast ultrasound can be used to guide breast biopsy procedures. A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope for signs of cancer or other abnormalities. Biopsies may be recommended if a breast lump or suspicious area is detected during breast imaging, such as mammography or ultrasound.
Breast ultrasound-guided biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound imaging to help guide the biopsy needle to the suspicious area in the breast. During the procedure, the patient lies on their back with their arm raised above their head. A gel is applied to the breast, and the ultrasound transducer is moved over the breast to locate the suspicious area. A small incision is made in the skin, and a biopsy needle is guided to the suspicious area using ultrasound imaging.
Breast ultrasound-guided biopsy is generally well-tolerated and causes minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area where the biopsy needle will be inserted. The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes, and patients can usually return to normal activities within a day or two.
Breast ultrasound-guided biopsy is an effective and accurate way to obtain a tissue sample for further evaluation. It is particularly useful in cases where the suspicious area cannot be easily seen on mammography, such as in women with dense breast tissue.
In summary, breast ultrasound can be used to guide breast biopsy procedures, allowing for accurate and minimally invasive sampling of suspicious breast tissue. If you have a breast abnormality that requires further evaluation, talk to your healthcare provider about whether breast ultrasound-guided biopsy may be appropriate for you.