Breast Program

Preparing for a Biopsy in Radiology

Prior to your biopsy, please inform your doctor if you:

  • Are taking any medications, including over-the-counter medicines.
  • Have bleeding problems, or are taking any medications that are blood thinners. These include aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Coumadin, and Plavix. If you are taking any of these medications, your doctor may want you to stop them one week before the biopsy.
  • Are allergic to any medications.
  • Are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant.

The day of the biopsy, please:

  • Do not wear deodorant, powder, perfumes or lotions under your arms, or anywhere above your waist.
  • Leave your jewelry at home.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Wear a supportive bra or sports bra, or bring one with you.

What should I expect?

The biopsy will be performed using local anesthesia, there are no special preparations necessary. You will be awake during your biopsy, and should feel little or no pain.

It is not usually necessary to have stitches; a small bandage or a compression dressing is usually enough. Most patients resume their normal routine right away. After the biopsy you will be given a complete list of "aftercare" instructions.