An Overview of Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Abnormalities or lumps in the breasts are usually detected through mammography, physical examination or other imaging studies, but it is not always possible to identify whether a growth is cancerous or benign.
A breast biopsy needs to be carried out for removal of some cells. This can be done surgically or using an invasive procedure. The cells can be removed from a suspicious area in the breasts. Next, the cells are examined under a microscope for identification. In general biopsy takes two forms, image-guided needle biopsy and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
During ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, the ultrasound imaging is utilized for guiding the instruments of a radiologist towards the area of abnormal growth. An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy needs to be carried out if a breast ultrasound reveals abnormalities like an area of abnormal change in tissues, a suspicious solid mass and any distortion in breast tissue’s structure.
Ultrasound guidance can be utilized in four kinds of biopsy procedures. These include:
The procedure of ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is less time-consuming, economical and involves a shorter recovery time. However, it also involves the risk of infection.