Needle biopsies are a minimally-invasive alternative to open surgery
Using interventional radiology techniques, a needle biopsy allows radiologists to obtain a small tissue sample for laboratory evaluation from nearly any part of the body with less discomfort, cost, and recovery time as compared to open surgery.
Typically, abnormal tissue is detected by symptoms, a physical exam, and radiology tests. When a diagnosis can’t be made by other testing methods, a biopsy may be required to help identify the cause of the abnormality. For instance, a mass in the lungs or abdomen may or may not be cancerous. A needle biopsy provides a tissue sample that can be examined under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present.
With the help of interventional radiology techniques, nearly any mass in any part of the body can be biopsied. Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, fluoroscopy, and mammography techniques can guide needle biopsy making the procedure safe and accurate. Needle biopsy may also avoid the need for a more invasive open surgical evaluation.
For any abnormal tissue detected in the body, including a mass, lump, infection, or inflammation, a needle biopsy may help establish a diagnosis.
Needle biopsies may be recommended in the following body areas:
To schedule a needle biopsy please speak with your doctor and call our interventional team at (512) 467-XRAY or (512) 467-9729. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
The health care provider who referred you to ARA for the needle biopsy will contact you with the results.
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