Breast Needle Localization

Breast needle localization is a procedure performed with a special needle to identify the precise location of abnormal tissue before performing a breast tissue biopsy or surgery using X-ray or Ultrasound. This helps make it easier to perform a biopsy and also minimizes the removal of healthy breast tissue.


  • Mammogram and X-ray or Ultrasound will be done to precisely locate the area of concern and a needle will be placed in that area.
  • Other images will be done to make sure the needle is placed properly.
  • The wire will then be inserted and attached to the breast tissue that needs to be removed. The needle will then be removed.
  • The wire will be removed during surgery.


  • Outpatient surgery will contact you regarding specific instructions on how to prepare for your exam.
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