Biopsy/Aspiration Ultrasound 

A biopsy is a test in which the Radiologist (x-ray doctor) obtains fluid/tissue samples, which will be looked at by a pathologist (lab doctor).
A biopsy is done for many reasons; it can determine if the uncertain area/mass is benign (negative) or malignant (positive).

The Procedure:

Ultrasound is used to locate the questionable area. The Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will insert a needle into the specific area. Tissue/fluid samples are taken, once the needle is in place. The needle will be removed and the area will be re-scanned. You may be asked to stay for up to 3 hours of observation.

Procedure time: 60-90 minutes.

Patient Preparation Instructions:

  1. Nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before your test.
  2. You may need to have blood work. The Medical Imaging Department will call and screen you for blood work. Outpatient registration will have a copy of your lab work order, if needed.
  3. Inform radiology is you are on blood thinners or aspirin.
    • Coumadin, Plavix, or Aspirin cannot be taken 3-5 days prior to the exam.
  4. You may need someone to drive you home, if it becomes necessary. If you are given sedation you will not be able to drive home.
  5. You may take other medications with small sips of water.
  6. After registration you will go to an observation area prior to your exam. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. An IV may be started if the Radiologist indicated it. You will be assessed before going to the Medical Imaging Department. You will be taken back to this area for follow-up assessment.
  7. You will be given discharge instructions prior to leaving.

If you have any questions, please call 419-394-3335 ext. 3550 for assistance.

To better assist us with your treatment, we are asking that you bring a list of your current medications and doses. This information is very valuable and will help us to provide you with the best, most timely service possible.

Grand Lake Health System
200 St. Clair Street, St. Marys,
Ohio 45885-2400
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