An image-guided biopsy is a non-surgical procedure that helps physicians differentiate between malignancy and other benign processes.
At GCM Radiology biopsies are performed under image-guidance with X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, CT or MRI. During the biopsy, a small amount of tissue is removed from the abnormal area with a needle or similar instrument so a pathologist can examine the cells for malignancy. Radiologists use image guidance in performing biopsies to obtain tissue from the correct location and to avoid injuring important nearby structures, traditionally performed with invasive surgery. Typically, these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. The specific type of biopsy chosen by your doctor will depend on the type of lesion and it’s location among other circumstances. GCM Radiologists have had great success in accurately sampling mass lesions in the body using different imaging techniques.
Below are some of the image-guided biopsies we offer at our affiliated hospitals:
- MRI-guided breast biopsy*
- Stereotactic-guided breast biopsy*
- Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy*
- Ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration*
- Ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided paracentesis/thoracentesis
- Ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy
- CT-guided lung biopsy
- CT-guided bone biopsy
- CT-guided liver biopsy
- CT-guided lymph node biopsy
*Performed at GCM Bethesda-Suburban Imaging Outpatient Center.
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