CT Biopsy

A CT Biopsy is performed to evaluate a lump or nodule seen or felt on another exam.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to the exam.

Most patients are admitted through the Admissions and Testing Unit about two hours prior to the time of your biopsy. After you check in, Admissions and Testing staff will prep you for your exam, including checking vital signs, and starting an IV if necessary.

A patient transporter will bring you to the Imaging Services department, where you will be placed under the care of a technologist, RN and radiologist.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a radiologist, with a nurse and technologist present.

You will lie on the exam table, and a nurse will place you on a monitor. Some patients will receive sedation or pain medication, depending on the procedure and patient condition. The area of interest will be sterilely cleaned and draped.

The technologist will perform several limited scans to confirm location of the abnormality and location of the biopsy needle.

What can I expect after the exam?

After the procedure, a dressing will be applied to the site and you will return to the Admission and Testing unit for follow-up care.

For biopsies of the lung and chest, a Chest X-ray is performed a few hours post-procedure.

A report of your procedure will be dictated by the radiologist and sent to your physician. The pathology results are handled by the laboratory.