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Diagnosis of disease
Why it’s done:
Definitive diagnosis of disease often requires obtaining a sample of the tissue of interest for pathologic examination.
How it’s done:
An interventional radiologist uses CT or ultrasound to pass an introducer needle into the tissue of interest. Once position is confirmed, a biopsy needle is passed through the introducer needle and used to take samples until adequate tissue is obtained.
Level of anesthesia:
Conscious sedation or local anesthesia only
Bleeding, infection, and damage to intervening structures
One to four hours of bed rest, depending on the site of biopsy
With referring physician
For More Information:
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call 310-481-7545.