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An ultrasound machine produces a picture of your body using sound waves. A blunt device called a probe is placed on your skin.

What is a cyst aspiration?

A cyst aspiration is the removal of liquid from a area (cyst) in your breast tissue. If the Radiologist determines that there is a need for a biopsy this will be done.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a sampling of an area of tissue.

Who does the procedure?

A radiologist (x-ray doctor) performs the procedure, with assistance from technologists.

What preparations must I take before the exam?

You may have a light breakfast, however, we ask that you not have coffee. Coumadin and other medications, which thin your blood, should not be taken for 7 days prior to the procedure. If you have mitral valve prolapse, you may need antibiotics prior to the procedure. Please ask your physician.

What do I do on the day of the test?

Report to Radiology Services approximately 20 minutes before your scheduled time if you have not been contacted by the Admitting Office.

What happens during the procedure?

You will be brought into the ultrasound room. You will be placed on a stretcher. Preliminary scans will be taken first. Then the area of interest will be cleansed and injected with Lidocaine, a local anesthetic. A needle will be inserted and liquid will be aspirated. If necessary a biopsy taken which will be sent to the Lab. Pressure will be applied to the site to stop any bleeding and ice applied to reduce swelling. We ask that you remain in Radiology for 30 minutes following the procedure.

How long does it take?

The entire procedure takes about an hour.

What will I be able to do following the exam?

Following the exam there are no restrictions. We recommend that you rest on the day of the cyst aspiration/core biopsy and restrict movement of the limb on the affected side. As long as you are feeling up to it, you can resume normal activity the following day.

Are there complications?

Most people tolerate the procedure without difficulty.