Interventional Radiology->Image Guided Biopsy

Image Guided Biopsy

This is a minimally invasive that involves placing a hollow needle into a suspicious area of the body. This material will be sent to the lab for evaluation. The needle biopsy is done using CT scan, ultrasound or plain x-rays to guide the needle into the area.

This is a CT image of a patient laying on stomach and having a biopsy of the lung.

CT image of an image guided biopsy of the lung.
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This is a picture of a patient having a bone marrow aspirate. The patient is on their stomach and the bone needle is in the patient's ischial tuberosity.

A patient having a bone marrow aspirate.
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Preparation for Procedure

  • Bring a list of all medications
  • Inform your physician of any recent illness
  • You will wear a gown during the exam and will be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
  • Women should always inform the radiology staff if there is a possibility that they are pregnant.
  • Your physician may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.
  • Prior to your procedure, your blood will be tested to determine how well your liver and kidneys are functioning and whether your blood clots normally.
  • You will be given sedation so you must not have anything to eat or drink anything for six hours before your exam and have someone that can bring you home after the procedure.

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