Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio


What is a Biopsy?

Tiny needles used in the biopsy procedure.
Tiny needles used in the biopsy procedure.

A Biopsy is simply removing a small piece of living tissue from an organ or other part of the body for examination to confirm or establish a diagnosis, estimate prognosis, or follow the course of a disease. Types of biopsies include aspiration biopsy, needle biopsy, punch biopsy, and surface biopsy.

What will happen?

Outpatients will start in Ambulatory Care where the patient will change into a gown, an IV will be started, and medical history taken. The patient will be brought to the Radiology Department where the procedure will be explained and any questions answered. This procedure may be preformed at the CT Scanner, Ultrasound, Mammography, or Interventional Radiology suite. The decision is up to the doctor performing the biopsy and is based on how to best visualize the tissue to be biopsied. The patient's skin will be sterilized and draped. The physician will numb the patient's skin and place a very small needle into the tissue of interest and remove the sample.

Will it hurt?

You may feel a bee sting when the doctor numbs the entry site.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

This is variable depending on your condition and the location of the tissue to be biopsied. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The results will be explained to you by your ordering physician upon your follow-up appointment.

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