Bone Biopsy

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a method of collecting a small amount of tissue using a needle, which is then examined by a pathologist for further assessment of possible diseases. Depending on the nature of the problem we may choose to collect a specimen using a fine-needle or perform a core-biopsy. Bone biopsies are performed under CT (Computed Tomography) guidance

As you may require sedation, you will be required to fast from food for six (6) hours prior to your procedure, however you can continue clear liquids up until 2 hours prior. It is important to contact us and let us know if you are taking any blood thinning medications or have an iodine allergy prior to the appointment.


On the day of your procedure you will be admitted to Day Stay under your private health insurance. You will need to present to admissions on Level 1 and our porters will bring you down from the ward on a bed.


The hospital requires you to have someone pick you up and drive you home once you are discharged. Public transport is not acceptable. Should your circumstances be that you do not have anyone to accompany you, please contact us immediately to discuss.

The procedure usually takes about twenty (20) minutes, however you will remain under observation within the hospital for up to 4 hours.

General observations will be taken by a nurse and a cannula will be inserted into a vein. You will be taken into our CT room and planning images will be obtained. After the radiologist has marked the skin, the skin will be cleaned, and then anaesthetised using local anaesthetic. The needle to collect the sample will be placed in position, and the specimen collected.


Once obtained, the specimen will be taken to Pathology where it will be examined and a report regarding your sample will be sent to your doctor. Following the biopsy you will be taken to our recovery area for observation.  Pain relief will be available if required.  You will be conscious throughout the procedure.

As there is some risk of bleeding and possibly some pain following this procedure we like to keep you for observation after the procedure in our observation area.  In this area nurses will care for you and give you medication for pain if required.  After discharge it is recommended that you undertake quiet activity for the next fourty-eight (48) hours.


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