What is a CT biopsy?
This is an X-ray-based procedure in which images (pictures) are taken while a board certified Radiologist collects tissue samples of a specific area as defined by your physician in conjunction with a Radiologist.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No food or liquid should be taken for (6) six hours prior to your procedure. Specific labs, as defined by our Radiologist and/or your physician, must be obtained prior to your procedure.
Please arrive at the Radiology/Lab reception area two (2) hours prior to your procedure.
Please make arrangements for post procedure travel, as the hospital will not allow you to drive yourself home.
What will happen during the exam?
Prior to your actual CT, a Registered Nurse will bring you back to an exam room where he/she will describe the procedure to you (specific for each patient depending on area to be biopsied). The Radiologist who will perform the procedure will then meet with you for an assessment and to answer any questions you may have. At this time you will be asked to fill out a consent form.
In the CT room, you will be lying on the table either on your stomach with your arms raised over your head, or on your back with your arms raised over your head. The area to be biopsied will be exposed and a large positioning grid will be placed on your skin. This will help the Radiologist to mark a spot for the needle to be placed.
Once the area is marked the table will rise up and move in and out of the scanner, several scans will be taken prior to the placement of the needle. After the needle has been placed and the biopsy has started, scans of the area will be taken as the procedure continues, this allows for continued proper placement of the needle and assessment of the surrounding tissue.
A specimen will be taken and sent to the lab for testing. Results will be sent to your physician.
How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the area to be biopsied, the procedure can take approximately 1 hour or longer.
What will happen after the exam?
After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer. The nursing staff will bring you to an exam room for observation. A Radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report. A transcription of the report will be typed and sent to your physician.
How will I learn the results?
You will get the results of the exam from your doctor.
Important: If there is any possibility that you are PREGNANT or NURSING a baby, please speak with your referring physician before your scheduled appointment.
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