Needle localization, also known as fine wire localization, is a breast biopsy technique used if the mass is too small to be felt by touch.
Board-certified radiologists at Magee-Womens Imaging will locate the mass by performing a mammogram or ultrasound.
Once the radiologist locates the mass, your team of doctors will:
Needle localization typically takes one to two hours to perform, and the wire will remain in place until your biopsy surgery.
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