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COVID-19 UPDATE: All persons attending a medical appointment at a Vision Radiology Clinic will be required to complete a COVID-19 Assessment form. If you are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated, we will need to undertake a risk assessment, which may include Rapid Antigen Testing.

Please note: Patients who attend for their medical assessment presenting with flu-like symptoms or have recently travelled from a COVID hotspot may be turned away.

Imaging Guided Biopsies

What is an image-guided biopsy?

A biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of tissue is taken from the body for further evaluation. Image-guided biopsy refers to the use of an imaging modality such as an Ultrasound or CT scan to visualise the procedure.

How do I prepare for an image-guided biopsy?

No specific preparation is required for this procedure.
Specific circumstances:

  • Blood thinners: if you are taking blood thinners, you may need to stop the medication prior to your appointment. This includes aspirin and warfarin. Please discuss this with your doctor and inform us at the time of booking.
  • Heart valve replacement: please discuss this with your doctor and let us know at the time of booking

What happens during an image-guided biopsy?

The procedure is performed by a skilled radiologist (imaging specialist doctor). Our radiologist will discuss the procedure with you in detail including the risks and benefits.

Prior to commencing, the area to be biopsied will be cleaned with antiseptic wash. Local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the skin, prior to inserting the needle. A needle is then used to access the tissue being sampled underneath. The radiologist will use a CT scan or ultrasound to guide the procedure.

Once collected, the tissue samples will be sent to a laboratory for further examination.

What happens during an image-guided biopsy?

The procedure is performed by a skilled radiologist (imaging specialist doctor). Our radiologist will discuss the procedure with you in detail including the risks and benefits.

Prior to commencing, the area to be biopsied will be cleaned with antiseptic wash. Local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the skin, prior to inserting the needle. A needle is then used to access the tissue being sampled underneath. The radiologist will use a CT scan or ultrasound to guide the procedure.
Once collected, the tissue samples will be sent to a laboratory for further examination.

How long will the biopsy take?

The whole procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes.

Depending on the area biopsied, you may be required to stay in the clinic for up to four hours for observation.

What are the risks of an image-guided biopsy?

Risks from procedures are rare but will be discussed with you prior to commencing. These include the risk of:

  • infection
  • bleeding
  • pain or discomfort

What aftercare is required after an image-guided biopsy?

You are advised to have a support person drive you home after the biopsy.

You will need to take the day off work and avoid any strenuous activity.

If you experience any discomfort, this can be managed with simple pain relief such as Panadol.

If you have any concerns or questions following the procedure, contact the clinic to speak to our staff.

When do I get my results?

The pathology results will be sent to your doctor as soon as possible. Please make an appointment with your doctor to discuss them.

What to expect during an image guided aspiration

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