In this add–on procedure, the provider places an additional tiny metallic or radioactive device into the patient’s body through a needle he inserts through the patient’s skin in order to mark the exact location of suspicious tissue for a subsequent surgical procedure or radiation treatment. He uses fluoroscopy or ultrasound imaging, technologies that display live images on a video monitor, to guide the needle to the right location. The provider places this localization device at the same session that he places the initial device for the first lesion.
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