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  • Biopsy Questions and Answers

  • Computed tomography is sometimes used to help perform a procedure, such as a biopsy.

    • What is a CT guided procedure?
      A CT guided procedure may consist of a biopsy, in which a small sample of tissue from inside your body is obtained using the CT machine for guidance. This technique will often save you from having to have an operation to get the same piece of tissue.
    • Why is this being done?
      A biopsy is performed because a previous radiology test showed an abnormality. It is not clear what the abnormal tissue is, and a small sample of tissue is required to find out.
    • Does it hurt?
      We use local anesthesia (like Novocaine at the dentist) for all biopsies. In certain situations we will administer sedation to make you sleepy during the test. You will not be completely asleep for this test.
    • How long does a CT procedure take?
      The actual procedure is approximately one hour. You will be observed in our recovery area by qualified nurses for approximately three hours after the procedure.
    • Do I have to do anything special before having a CT procedure?
      Special preparations are required of patients up to one week before the procedure. 
    • How will I get the results of the biopsy?
      The specimen obtained from the procedure will be delivered to pathology where specialized doctors will look at the tissue under a microscope. They will send the results to your doctor in approximately three to five days.

    For more information about computed tomography at The Miriam Hospital call 401-793-4402 or e-mail KLaurie@Lifespan.org.