General Considerations in Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Biopsies

  • Bruno D. Fornage


This brief chapter includes general considerations in ultrasound (US)-guided percutaneous needle biopsies of the breast, including deciding whether to perform a biopsy and who should perform it; the three fundamental steps of a US-guided percutaneous needle biopsy; target selection and timing of the biopsy; the critical role of communication with the pathologist; and reasons for the epidemic of US-guided breast biopsies.


Fundamental steps of percutaneous needle biopsy Target selection Timing of biopsy Communication with the pathologist 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno D. Fornage
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  1. 1.The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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