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  • Needle Wire Localization

  • A needle wire localization is a procedure which is sometimes performed immediately prior to breast surgery. It is performed to mark an area of the breast which correlates with an abnormality on either mammography or breast ultrasound.

    Needle wire localization may be performed with guidance provided either by mammography or breast ultrasound. The radiologist will decide which guidance is appropriate.

    What to expect

    The breast is cleaned with antiseptic. Using either mammography or breast ultrasound as a guide, a small needle is placed in the breast through the abnormality. Once the position of the needle is confirmed, a small wire is placed through the needle and the needle removed. The wire will be secured with a dressing when you exit to the surgical suite. During the breast surgery, the wire and the surrounding tissue will be removed.

    For more information, call 401-793-4505, or e-mail Sandra Moriarty.