Needle Biopsy

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A needle biopsy is a biopsy method that uses a needle to sample abnormal areas in various parts of the body. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A needle biopsy is a procedure to obtain a sample of cells from your body for laboratory testing. Common needle biopsy procedures include fine-needle aspiration and core needle biopsy.

Needle biopsy may be used to take tissue or fluid samples from muscles, bones, and other organs, such as the liver or lungs.

Your doctor may suggest a needle biopsy to help diagnose a medical condition or to rule out a disease or condition. A needle biopsy may also be used to assess the progress of a treatment.

The sample from your needle biopsy may help your doctor determine whats causing a mass or lump, an infection or inflammation.

You may also undergo imaging tests before your needle biopsy. Sometimes these tests are also used during the needle biopsy procedure to more accurately locate the area to be biopsied.

Pathologists will study the biopsy sample and make a diagnosis. Pathologists create a report for your doctor. Once your doctor receives the report, you will be contacted with the results.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.