Cyst Aspiration

WHAT IS ULTRASOUND GUIDED CYST ASPIRATION?

An ultrasound guided cyst aspiration is a procedure by which the Radiologic Physician removes fluid from inside a breast lump. This procedure is guided by ultrasound. The ultrasound produces images of your breast that guide the Radiologic Physician in locating the exact area of the cyst.

MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. Women at high risk of breast cancer or who have special breast issues may benefit from the added soft tissue resolution from Breast MRI.

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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?

Ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration is a minimally invasive procedure, however, there is risk of bleeding whenever the skin is penetrated.

  • If you are taking aspirin, you are advised to stop 7 days before the procedure.
  • Please inform our staff if you have a known bleeding problem or have been taking blood thinners. If so, we will need to coordinate your procedure with your referring physician.
  • Avoid the use of underarm powder or deodorant before the procedure.
  • Wear comfortable, two-piece clothing.
  • An ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration usually does not require post-procedure care, but this procedure may be changed to an ultrasound-guided core biopsy if no fluid is obtained; therefore, you may want a friend or relative to accompany you to lend support and to drive you home afterwards.

 


CAN I EAT BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?

Yes, you may eat a light meal before the procedure.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

The entire ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration should take approximately one hour or less.