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Diagnostic Breast Services

Needle Localizations 

If the area of concern detected on a patient's mammogram cannot be felt, the surgeon will need help finding it. After numbing the skin, the Radiologist inserts a thin, hollow needle into the patient's breast. X-rays are taken to confirm the location of the needle. A wire is inserted through the needle and is taped in place. The hollow needle is removed. The patient is transported to the operating room where the surgeon uses the wire to locate the area to be removed. The needle localization portion of the biopsy procedure takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. Total length of stay depends on the length of the biopsy procedure and the patient's recovery time.

How to Prepare for this Procedure

  • This procedure requires fasting. Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your procedure
  • Take your usual medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • If you are taking products that can increase your risk of bleeding, medications like Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavis, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, vitamin E, ginko biloba, garlic, glucosamine chondroitin, flaxseed, fish oil, feverfew, ginger, licorice, St. Johns Wart, Zinc), please notify the nurses in the Breast Health Center by calling 978.304.8112 at least 3 days ahead of time.
  • Please bring a list of your medications, including frequency and dosage
  • Please bring a list of your allergies
  • You may shower but please do not use deodorants, lotion, powder or perfume
  • Please leave jewelry and valuables at home

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ACR AwardLahey Outpatient Center, Danvers was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.