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Image-Guided Biopsy

An image-guided biopsy is a non-surgical procedure that helps your physician differentiate between malignancy and other benign processes.

Am I a Candidate for a Biopsy?

At IVC we perform biopsies under image guidance using x-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI. When you are referred, our physicians will review your medical history and any pertinent imaging. The specific type of biopsy chosen by your doctor will depend on the type of lesion and it’s location.

Below are some of the minimally invasive biopsies we perform:

  • Bone
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Lymph node
  • Lung
  • Thyroid

What to Expect from the Procedure

When you come in for your biopsy procedure your vascular and interventional radiologist will use local numbing medicines alone or with other medicines to make you drowsy. During the biopsy, the physician will use image guidance, typically CT or ultrasound, to target the abnormal area with a needle. A small amount of tissue is then removed for the area.

Once a sample is obtained it will be sent to another specialized doctor, called a pathologist, to be diagnosed.


Biopsy procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes less than an hour. After your procedure, you will rest in a recovery area for a while before you are sent home. Your doctor will call you with the results of the biopsy, usually in 1 week.

Whether or not you are a candidate for an image-guided biopsy procedure as compared with a traditional surgical approach will depend on the type and location of the lesion along with your medical history. If you have a question regarding image-guided biopsies call IVC today at 503-612-0498. You can also read our brochure on Image Guided Needle Biopsy.

* This information about Image-Guided Biopsy was reviewed by Dr. Jason R. Bauer. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

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We are announcing that Interventional and Vascular Consultants will be closing as of March 10, 2023.

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Jason Bauer, MD RVT
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