Biopsy

A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue samples from your body so that the cells can be analyzed in a Pathology Laboratory. False Creek Healthcare Centre offers immediate access to a full spectrum of pathology services in Vancouver. Expert pathologists are used to deliver diagnostic interpretation of biopsies and cytology samples quickly and accurately.

Prostate Biopsy

A prostate biopsy removes samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate. A Urologist, a doctor who specializes in the urinary system and men’s sex organs, will perform the biopsy with a fine needle. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for cell abnormalities and prostate cancer.

Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy removes samples of suspicious tissue from the liver. A specially trained Radiologist will perform the biopsy using a fine needle. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for signs of damage or disease.

Lymph Node Biopsy

A lymph node biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the neck, armpit, or groin. A specially trained Radiologist will perform the biopsy using a fine needle. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for infection and cancer.

Thyroid Biopsy

A thyroid biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the thyroid gland. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for infection, cancer and other thyroid problems.


What to Expect:

Needle Biopsy

  • You will lie on the examination table. The biopsy site will be cleansed, and your physician will inject a local anesthetic into the area.
  • A long, thin needle is inserted into the suspicious area. A syringe is used to draw out fluid and cells.
  • Pressure is applied to the site to stop the bleeding, and a bandage is applied.
  • A fine needle aspiration biopsy usually takes less than 10 minutes. A needle biopsy only provides a small sample of cells. For cancers, this test may not be enough.

Laparoscopic or Open Biopsy

  • You will lie on the examination table. You may be given a sedative.
  • The biopsy site will be cleansed, and your physician will inject a local anesthetic into the area.
  • (Occasionally, general anesthesia is used, so that you are asleep.)
  • A small surgical cut is made, and the tissue sample is removed. The area is closed with stitches and a bandage is applied.
  • An open biopsy may take 30 to 45 minutes.

Image Guided Biopsy

Your physician may use imaging equipment, such as X-Ray, CT Scan or Ultrasound to access suspicious area that cannot be felt through the skin. Using real-time images, your physician can make sure the needle reaches the correct spot.


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