Image-Guided Biopsy

At ARA Health, our physicians perform image-guided biopsy to diagnose a variety of conditions and infectious diseases, including cancer and liver and kidney disease. Our highly trained physicians, coupled with our state-of-the-art technology, ensure accurate diagnostics and optimal treatment plans.


About Image-Guided Biopsy

Image-guided biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure. Highly skilled radiologists use a needle to draw fluid or a tissue sample to determine whether an area of concern is benign, malignant, or infectious. They use fluoroscopy, CT, or ultrasound to guide the needle to the correct spot, ensuring accurate results. Needle biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy and may not require general anesthesia.

Image-guided biopsy is commonly used to diagnose cancer or disease in the following:

Brain & Spine
Head & Neck

In the case of a cancer diagnosis, our Interventional Radiologists offer minimally invasive treatment options for several types of cancer, including bone, kidney, liver, and lung. Learn more about our minimally invasive cancer treatment options.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently from our patients. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500.

How do I prepare for image-guided biopsy?
Preparation for a biopsy may differ from patient to patient, or even from procedure to procedure. Your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare you for your biopsy. Some biopsies require conscious sedation. In those cases, patients are informed ahead of time and given special instructions, as fasting or suspending clotting medications may be required, as well as arranging for a ride home.
What can I expect during image-guided biopsy?
Many specifics are determined by the type of incision and imaging technology used for the image-guided biopsy. Many can be performed using a local anesthetic, while others require a general anesthetic or conscious sedation through an IV. During the procedure, you will likely be lying down, although some biopsies are performed while the patient is standing.