CT Guided Biopsy of the Head, Neck, and Spine
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses a special X-ray machine to take detailed pictures of the body’s organs and tissues.
In a biopsy, one of our physicians uses a very thin needle to remove a small piece of tissue. Therefore, in a CT-guided biopsy the physician uses CT-scan images to select the tissue(s) needed for the biopsy, as requested by a referring physician.
This guided technique improves the safety of the procedure and allows for greater accuracy when obtaining tissue samples.
This biopsy is done as an outpatient procedure. Monitoring will take place during and after the procedure, and most patients can expect to be released a few hours after the procedure. Biopsy results will be sent to the referring physician, usually between three to seven days.