Image Guided Biopsy

A biopsy is necessary when imaging and other tests alone cannot provide a definitive diagnosis or adequately guide any potential treatment. A biopsy involves inserting a needle into an abnormal area of the body to take a very small sample, either a few cells or a thin core of tissue.

We routinely perform a range of biopsies under CT or ultrasound guidance, both of which allow very accurate needle placement to achieve a high diagnostic yield and minimise potential complications. Our performance is audited to ensure comparable accuracy and safety with national standards.

Biopsies on the whole are low risk, although depending on the position within the body some biopsies carry a slightly higher risk. The Consultant Radiologist carrying out your procedure will discuss these with you beforehand. In general, however, there is no safer alternative to a biopsy to gather the necessary information about your condition.

Most biopsies can be comfortably performed under local anaesthetic. However, we appreciate that some patients feel very apprehensive before undergoing such a procedure and we are happy to arrange a light sedative - please call Berkshire Imaging to discuss this further.

Biopsies can be performed at any one of our partner hospitals, although the more complex or invasive biopsies tend to be undertaken at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Commonly performed biopsies include the following:

  • Ultrasound guided liver or kidney biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided lymph node core biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided breast core biopsy
  • CT guided lung core biopsy
  • CT guided bone / intervertebral disc biopsy
  • CT guided lymph node core biopsy
  • Thyroid nodule Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

If you would like any further information please contact Berkshire Imaging or download a patient information leaflet below.

Patient information leaflets:

Liver biopsy
Lung biopsy
Bone biopsy

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