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3 Things You Should Know if You Need a Needle Biopsy

Last updated 3 years ago

In some cases, medical tests such as mammograms or MRIs find unknown masses inside the body. In order to determine the type of mass, an interventional radiologist may opt to perform a needle biopsy for identification to develop a treatment plan if needed.

  •  During a Needle Biopsy - During your Denver needle biopsy, the area of the body with the mass to be identified is first extensively imaged, generally via CT or ultrasound, to determine the best approach for taking a tissue sample. A local anesthetic is used, so you will feel no pain during your procedure, only slight pressure. A small needle is inserted into the body and guided via medical imaging such as X-rays or further CT and ultrasound imaging to ensure that the sample received is of the unknown tissue.
  •  After A Needle Biopsy - Your needle biopsy will likely take about an hour, after which the tissue sample retrieved is taken to a lab. A specially-trained pathologist will examine your tissue sample under high magnification to determine its source. Needle biopsies can be used to identify cancerous and non-cancerous cells, as well as scar tissue or infections within the body, and the results take two to three days
  •  Risks And Benefits Of A Needle Biopsy - While completely non-invasive, medical imaging such as X-rays or MRIs can only locate masses, not identify them. Needle biopsies are minimally invasive and low-risk procedures, with less than one percent of patients developing any sort of complication, such as bleeding or infection. The use of a small needle often eliminates the need for a much riskier surgery to obtain a tissue sample of the unknown mass. 

Advanced Medical Imaging of Denver is proud to serve the medical needs of Denver, Boulder, and Lakewood. Visit us for a wide range of medical services, from MRIs and other medical imaging to needle biopsies and other outpatient procedures. Learn more on our website or by calling (303) 433-9729 today.


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