Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
Ultrasound guided biopsies are quick and easy and most always are done on the day of your work-up. You will be lying on your back, slightly turned up on your side. Your arm will be raised up toward your head and placed in a comfortable position. The area to be biopsied will be localized with ultrasound. Your skin will be marked with a sharpie. The overlying skin will be cleansed with betadine or alcohol. Sterile blue towels will create a clean working area. Sterile gel will be placed on the skin over the area to be biopsied. Local anesthetic with lidocaine will be given for numbing of the skin. Deeper anesthetic will be given which is lidocaine plus a small amount of epinephrine. The numbing up process is all the pain that should be felt and is done in a matter of seconds.
A small skin incision is made and then the biopsy device is inserted to the area which will be sampled. Ultrasound gives a real-time image of the procedure so that accurate sampling is done. Usually 4 or 5 core samples are obtained through the same incision.
After the biopsy, local pressure is applied until there is no bleeding and a bandage is placed over the wound. Instructions on taking care of yourself after the biopsy will be reviewed with you in the office and a copy will also be sent home with you.
The results will be available to you, usually within two business days. Our physicians are available by phone after hours should have any concerns after your biopsy.