needleUltrasound Guided Breast Biopsy and MSK Interventions

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy

Breast biopsy involves needle sampling of breast lesions by a radiologist. The procedure is made more accurate by using ultrasound to guide the needle to the lesion in real time. The samples that are collected are placed in a formalin fixative solution and sent to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Laboratory for analysis.

Sometimes the breast lesion, which is thought to be solid, turns out to be cystic or fluid filled. When this happens, the radiologist attempts to aspirate the cyst. This fluid may or may not be sent to the laboratory for analysis, depending on the fluid appearance.

The two main risk factors for this procedure are bleeding and infection.

To minimize the risk of bleeding, patients are required to stop any anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication for a minimum of five days prior to the procedure.

To minimize the risk of infection, the procedure is performed using sterile technique and we request that the biopsy site is kept clean and dry for at least 24 hours following the procedure. 

If you have any questions regarding ultrasound guided breast biopsy at CAMIS, please contact Tricia Adams, Manager, Pain Management




MSK Imaging and Intervention

CAMIS uses ultrasound to image and guide radiologists during certain types of injections to help with pain management of specific conditions related to muscles, tendons and ligaments. These conditions include shoulder tendonitis, plantar fasciaitis, and tennis elbow. CAMIS also offers ultrasound guided prolotherapy and barbotage. Click here for more information on MSK Interventions. Please click here for post procedure instructions. If you have questions related to MSK ultrasound or ultrasound guided pain management procedures at CAMIS, please contact. Lindsey Painchaud, Clinical Coordinator, MSK Ultrasound.

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