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An imaging-guided biopsy is typically performed after an abnormality has been detected in part of the body or organ. A biopsy is the removal of tissue samples from the abnormal area with a thin needle or comparable instrument. An imaging-guided biopsy can precisely access areas of the body without surgery. Imaging-guided biopsies are often advantageous to a surgical biopsy because:
It can be done on an outpatient basis using anesthesia.
It is done when a mass or lump has been found. Areas where an imaging-guided biopsy are performed include:
A biopsy is a key test to learn whether the abnormal tissue is cancerous.
Prior to your procedure, you should let your health care provider know about:
In image-guided biopsies, a computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound is used to guide the radiologist to the exact location of the abnormal tissue.
The needle is inserted and you should not feel much pain, only pressure. Usually, several samples of tissue are removed.
The procedure lasts about 30 minutes.
The incision will be cleaned and closed and a dressing is applied.
Although relatively uncommon, a lung collapse can occur after a lung biopsy. Go to the emergency room following a lung biopsy if you have: