Biopsies & Fine Needle Aspirations


A biopsy is a sample of tissue taken from the body in order to examine it more closely. A doctor should recommend a biopsy when an initial test suggests an area of tissue in the body isn't normal.

Doctors may call an area of abnormal tissue a lesion, a tumor, or a mass. These are general words, used to emphasize the unknown nature of the tissue. The suspicious area may be noticed during a physical examination or inside the body on an imaging test

Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

Fine needle aspiration is a type of biopsy procedure. In fine needle aspiration, a thin needle is inserted into an area of abnormal-appearing tissue or body fluid.

As with other types of biopsies, the sample collected during fine needle aspiration can help make a diagnosis or rule out conditions such as cancer. Fine needle aspiration is generally considered a safe procedure. Complications are infrequent.

There is no one standard preparation before fine needle aspiration. You may be asked to follow these preparations:

Changes in medicines.

Our reception staff will inform you when booking your appointment if you need to stop taking blood thinning medication and how long to stop it for.

What is a biopsy?

Biopsy is a procedure performed by radiologist to take cells out of a lump in your body. It can be ultrasound or ct guided. The procedure is called FNAC when the sample is obtained by a very thin needle (thinner than a blood sample needle ) and is called core biopsy when the sample obtained is a small tissue using a thicker core biopsy gun.

Who performs the procedure?

The radiologist will perform it under imaging guidance.

How is it performed?

A consent form will need to be signed by you. Thereafter the radiologist will put you in the right position and clean the skin with antiseptic solution. Local anaesthetic is always used (pl inform the staff if you are allergic to it) followed by the procedure. The procedure can take between 20 to 30 minutes. After the procedure,the area is sealed with a bandage (if allergic to micropore,alternative is available).stitches are not required.

Rare but include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding

Hematoma at biopsy site
These are not worrisome complications and the staff is trained to handle them.

Biopsy results

The sample obtained is sent to a parhology lab who will interpret the samples.WE DO NOT PROVIDE PATHOLOGY RESULTS.
The results will reach your GP in 3 to 4 working days .so you need to make an appointment to see the doctor subsequently.