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Biopsies

What are biopsies?
A biopsy is the removal of tissue in order to examine it for disease. The tissue samples can be taken from any part of the body. Biopsies are performed in several Different ways. Some biopsies involve removing a small amount of tissue with a needle while others involve surgically removing an entire lump, or nodule, that is Suspicious.

Often, the tissue is removed by placing a needle through the skin (percutaneously) to the area of abnormality. Biopsies can be safely performed with imaging Guidance such as ultrasound, x-ray, computed tomography (CT), or MRI. These types of imaging are used to determine exactly where to place the needle and Perform the biopsy.

Why should I do it?
When a nodule is detected, imaging tests may be performed to help determine if it is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). If imaging studies cannot Clearly define the abnormality, a biopsy may be necessary.

Usually, a biopsy is performed to examine tissue for disease. It may also be done to match organ tissue before a transplant. Biopsies are frequently used to Diagnose cancer, but they can help identify other conditions such as infections and autoimmune disorders.

Any preparations needed?

  • Most needle biopsies are performed in an outpatient setting with minimal preparation necessary.
  • You may be instructed not eat or drink for eight hours before your biopsy. However, you may take your routine medications with sips of water. If you are Diabetic and take insulin, you should talk to your doctor as your usual insulin dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Prior to a needle biopsy, you should report to your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, Especially to anesthesia. Your physician may advise you to stop
  • Taking aspirin or a blood thinner for a specific period of time before your procedure.
  • Inform your doctor about recent illnesses and other medical conditions.
  • Women should always inform their physician if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
  • You may want to have a relative or friend accompany you and drive you home afterward. This is necessary if you have been sedated