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Wire Needle Localization
This open surgical technique requires having a guided wire placed by the radiologist or surgeon in the area of question within the breast in order to localize it so that it may be surgically removed. This procedure can be done through mammographic or ultrasound guidance. This replaces the traditional open breast biopsy and is now predominantly used to remove small tumors in the breast.

This is not, however, a means of diagnosis.  Wire needle localization is usually done after the cancer has already been diagnosed through a core needle biopsy. It is performed as the definitive surgical procedure to treat the breast cancer.

A wire needle localization for breast cancer can also be termed a lumpectomy.  

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