CT/Ultrasound Guided Needle Biopsy

What Is A Biopsy?

A needle biopsy is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through the skin into an organ or abnormal lump or mass inside the body to obtain a sample of tissue. The biopsy is done to assist your physician in identifying the cause of abnormal organ function or the cause or an abnormal lump or mass somewhere in the body.

Before The Procedure

Do not eat 8 hours before and drink 4 hours before your procedure is scheduled. You may take medications with a sip of water. Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure. You may resume these medications the day after your procedure unless otherwise instructed.

During The Procedure

The provider will use ultrasound or CT guidance when selecting the best site for the biopsy. A local anesthetic (numbing medication) will be injected into the area using a small needle. You may feel a burning or stinging sensation as the medication is injected. A needle with be used to obtain an adequate tissue sample.

After The Procedure

You may be monitored after the procedure before being discharged. Your doctor will contact you with the results of your biopsy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

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