Before a surgical breast biopsy, a Diversified Radiologist will insert a wire into the breast area in question, the abnormality. A wire localization helps ensure that the abnormal lesion is completely removed during surgery. Mammogram films are used to identify the area to be treated, a procedure that is done under a local anesthetic as outpatient therapy. The wire is removed at the conclusion of the treatment.
Preparation for exam:
No preparation is needed for this exam. Do not wear any deodorant or antiperspirant before your exam. These products have the ability to interfere with the specimen and/or image quality.
Length of exam:
Length of exam varies from 30 to 60 minutes.
After your exam:
A Diversified Radiologist will interpret your images and a report will be sent to your referring physician usually within 24 hours of your test.