Needle Localization

How it works: Using images from a mammogram or ultrasound, a radiologist places a needle with a wire in the previously biopsied area. The needle is removed and the wire is left to guide the surgeon. A mammogram is used to confirm the location of the wire placement. After the placement is confirmed you will be transported to surgery.

Why we do it: If an abnormality was biopsied and it has come back either atypical or as cancer a needle localization is performed prior to surgery.


Our Breast & MRI Center provides you with easy access to a ‘patient navigator’ who provides support, guidance and information if you require services beyond a screening mammogram. With more than 20 years experience in the medical field, our patient navigator, Cindy Davis, serves as a guide. Comforting and empowering, this reassuring woman-to-woman support helps patients confidently address the next steps in diagnosis and treatment.

The experience: To make this procedure as comfortable as possible, you will be given a local anesthetic (Lidocaine) to numb the area to be localized. You will be awake during the procedure, and our staff will monitor and assist you throughout the procedure. When the procedure is complete, we will escort you to the surgical center.

Prep & safety: If you wear deodorant or use talcum powder, you’ll be asked to remove it at the clinic. We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit since you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up.

Your results: A breast imaging radiologist will discuss findings, options and recommendations, and answer questions before you leave our Breast Center. Results will also be provided to your physician or a specialist.