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Imaging-guided Procedures

If you’re experiencing breast cancer-related symptoms, a breast imaging radiologist may recommend an imaging-guided procedure for further evaluation and diagnosis. If a clear diagnosis cannot be obtained through mammography or ultrasound alone, cyst aspiration can provide a more accurate evaluation of cysts. Fine needle aspiration and needle biopsy are procedures used for further evaluation and involve removing cells or small pieces of tissue from a lump to study under a microscope. After the diagnosis is established and a lumpectomy is planned, we need to remove the cancer with a small amount of surrounding tissue; preoperative localization serves as a guide for marking the location of the cancer for the surgeon.


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