Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Breast Biopsy Marker Clip

Breast Biopsy Marker Clip

Since my biopsy I have some concerns. One concern that haunts me is the clips that they inserted in my breast. I have talked to some people and did some research and have gotten different answers. I even spoke to one women that just found out that she will need a biopsy and was told that she would be having a clip placed in her. She advised that she did not want this and was told that they would not be able to do the procedure unless a clip was placed in the area of concern. The answer was it was their policy. Is this right, and should they tell us that we can not have a procedure if we do not have a marker to label the area.

I have done some research and in the findings below you will see that this procedure is being done quite often and is very profitable . Should this be done and are there side effects? According to the material I found from the medical media, there are no side effects. However, if you google it, you will see that there are women that have expressed that there are side effects. So women when it comes time for you to have a biopsy of the breast DO YOUR RESEARCH before having it done. Ask questions ;after all it is your body.

Marker clips used for breast biopsies are made of titanium or surgical stainless steel and are about 2 millimeters in size. When the radiologist or surgeon feels a marker should be used, they are inserted at the end of breast core or needle biopsy procedures to mark the site of the biopsy for later reference. This is an important step to take since most abnormalities biopsied are small or subtle and can become extremely difficult or impossible to identify after a core biopsy procedure. 

When a biopsy result is abnormal and an excision or lumpectomy is necessary, the marker clip allows accurate localization of the abnormal site for removal so that as little tissue as necessary is removed while optimizing the chance of clear margins.

Most patients have normal (benign) results from these types of biopsy, however the presence of the marker is very reassuring when seen on follow-up mammograms; it shows exactly where the area was biopsied. This avoids confusion in interpretation of follow-up mammograms and can prevent the need for future biopsies in that same area.

The marker is safe; sensitivity to the material is very rare. In general women cannot feel the clip. They do not set off airport detectors and do not cause interference problems in MRI.

 Each tissue marker is only 3mm (less than 1/8") in size. A breast tissue marker is placed after a breast biopsy to help locate the site for future reference. 

During your breast biopsy procedure most of the lesion may have been removed and could potentially be difficult to locate after the biopsy. 

Therefore, it has become standard practice for a physician to place a breast tissue marker at the site of the biopsy for future reference. Marking the site also helps to ensure that the correct area was biopsied.

The markers are made of materials that will show up on your follow-up

mammogram. The presence of the marker can be very reassuring when seen on follow-up mammograms because it shows exactly where the area was biopsied.

This can prevent the need for future biopsies in that same area.

UltraClip®Breast Tissue Markers Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the marker safe?

A. Yes, the marker has been tested and proven to be

safe and effective.

Q. Will the marker set off metal detectors at the airport?

A. No, the marker is only 3mm in size and will not set off metal detectors.

Q. Will I feel the marker?

A. The marker is only 3mm in size and it is unlikely that you will feel the marker.

Q. Will the marker move around?

A. Once the marker is placed, it is unlikely that the marker will move. The

markers are designed to attach to breast tissue and prevent migration.

The marker will not travel to other parts of the body.

Q. Will I be able to have an MRI procedure?

A. Yes, the marker can be safely scanned with MRI under appropriate

conditions. Notify the physician performing the MRI that you have a

breast tissue marker implant.

Q. How does the marker get removed from my breast?

A. The marker is designed to stay permanently in your breast. The marker

will only be removed if your lesion is surgically removed.

Q. Am I getting a marker because I have cancer?

A. No, the marker is intended to identify the site of your biopsy. The

marker helps confirm the correct area was biopsied.

Q. Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

A. Please consult with your physician if you have additional questions or concerns.


Stereotactic breast biopsy is growing at a rate of 25% per year. Over 370,000 clips were deployed in the US last year. This simple elegant biodegradable marker will attract a considerable share of this rapidly growing market.

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