CT Guided Biopsy
A biopsy is a test in which a Radiologist (x-ray doctor) collects tissue samples, which will be looked at under a microscope by a lab doctor, called a Pathologist.
A biopsy is done to determine whether an uncertain area/mass is benign (negative) or malignant (positive).
CT Scan images will allow the doctor to guide a needle into the questionable area. Tissue samples will be removed and sent to the lab for testing.
A nurse will be monitoring you and giving you sedation, if needed, during the procedure.
Procedure time: 60 - 90 minutes
Patient Preparation Instructions:
- Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before your test.
- You may need to have blood work drawn before your procedure. Radiology will call you prior to your exam. Outpatient registration will have a copy of your lab work order, if needed.
- Inform radiology if you are on blood thinners or aspirin.
- Coumadin, Plavix or Aspirin cannot be taken 3-5 days prior to your exam.
- You will be asked to stay for a few hours of observation after your test. (Approximately 3 hours)
- You will need someone to drive you home.
- Please inform radiology if there is any chance of pregnancy.
- May take other medications with sips of water.
- After registration you will go to an observation area prior to your exam. You will be asked to change into a gown; a nurse will assess you and will start an IV prior to going to the Radiology Department. You will be taken back to this area for follow-up assessment.
- You will be given discharge instructions prior to leaving.
- If you have any questions, please call 419-394-3335 ext. 3528.