Image Guided Biopsy

A biopsy is a small tissue sample taken from a mass, tumor, or infected area in your body. The biopsy sample is removed with a needle that is guided by ultrasound, x-ray, CT, or MRI. These imaging techniques allow the radiologist to get the tissue as fast and safely as possible. Depending on the type of biopsy, you may be sedated or given a local anesthetic. You will experience a small amount of pain from the needle prick as well as the after-effects of sedation. Most patients can go home a few hours after the biopsy.


  • To find cancer and infection in almost any part of the body

How to Prepare

  • Notify the radiologist of any medications, allergies, illnesses, or other medical conditions
  • You may be asked to fast for several hours before the procedure
  • You may be asked to wear a gown
  • Please notify the radiologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you if you need to be sedated during the procedure


  • A pathologist will examine the biopsied tissue under a microscope
  • The full results will be given to your doctor to discuss with you