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During a needle aspiration, a thin needle is inserted into the breast lump to withdraw (aspirate) fluid. Often, needle aspiration is done using ultrasound to guide accurate placement of the needle.

An aspiration can be done to relieve discomfort from a painful cyst. It is also performed when there is a need to differentiate between a simple cyst versus a solid mass.

Before Your Procedure

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. (For MRI and nuclear medicine studies, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.)

Bring the following information with you:

  • A signed prescription for an imaging study (unless your doctor’s office has either faxed an order or indicated they entered the order directly into Inova’s electronic medical records system)
  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID (e.g., license, passport)
  • Any previous exam films and reports performed at a non-Inova facility, including X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds
  • Implant card, if applicable

Breast Cyst Aspiration is available at:

Inova Partnership Sites

Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Loudoun
Peterson Family Breast Center

An Inova Partnership
19465 Deerfield Ave
Suite 105
Lansdowne, VA 20176

703-788-8426
Fax: 571-382-6587

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Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Reston-Herndon

An Inova Partnership
106 Elden St.
Suite 16
Herndon, VA 20170

703-481-3939
Fax: 703-796-1103

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
8926 Woodyard Rd.,
Suites 301, 401 and 502
Clinton, MD 20735

Phone: 301-856-3670
Fax: 301-868-0129

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
11335 Pembrooke Square Medical Center
Suites 100, 104, 114 and 116
Waldorf, MD 20603

301-870-8434
Fax: 301-870-5327

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