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Diagnosis / Tissue Sample

Reasons your Physician Might Order a Biopsy

In most cases, a biopsy is performed in order to examine tissue for disease. Biopsies are frequently used to confirm a cancer diagnosis, but can also be useful in identifying other conditions such as infection or inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. In patients requiring an organ transplant a biopsy can be used to match organ tissue and identify signs of rejection post surgery.

The following is a list of common image-guided biopsies performed at IVC:

  • Bone – diagnose cancer or infection in the bone
  • Bone marrow – diagnose cancer in the blood
  • Kidney (renal) – assess the condition of when a patient has been diagnosed with kidney failure or inflammation, in cases of suspected tumor, or to look for signs of transplant rejection
  • Liver – diagnose diseases of the liver such as hepatitis C, cirrhosis, infection, cancer, or to look for signs of transplant rejection
  • Lung or chest nodule – performed when an abnormality of the lung is visible on x-ray or CT scan
  • Lymph node – when a patient presents with enlarged or abnormal lymph nodes
  • Muscle – diagnose infections that affect muscle, defects in the muscle and diseases of the connective tissues and blood vessels
  • Thyroid – diagnose the cause of a nodule in the thyroid gland

The specific type of biopsy chosen by your doctor will depend on the type of lesion and it’s location among other circumstances. The interventional radiologists at IVC have had great success in accurately sampling mass lesions in the body using different imaging techniques.

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