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Bone Marrow Biopsy


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During a bone marrow biopsy, an interventional radiologist uses a needle to take a small sample of marrow from inside your bone. This sample can be sent for testing to diagnose or monitor a health condition, such as a blood or bone marrow condition like cancer.

The University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists have years of experience performing bone marrow biopsies. These procedures have quick recovery times and fewer risks of pain or bleeding.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.

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Who is a Candidate?

Conditions that require a bone marrow biopsy for diagnosis or monitoring include: 

What to Expect

Your interventional radiologist may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or other blood-thinning medicines before your procedure. You’re awake for a bone marrow biopsy, but you can ask for sedation if you’re nervous about the procedure. To begin, your doctor also applies a local anesthetic to numb the area where the needle will be inserted, usually in the back of the hip.

Once the area is numb, your interventional radiologist inserts a specialized needle into the bone. This needle drills slightly into the bone, creating a core sample of bone marrow. Your doctor removes the needle and applies a bandage or dressing to the insertion site. The procedure is about 30 minutes, and you can return home after it’s finished (outpatient procedure). Typically, you can resume normal activities the next day.

The sample of your bone marrow is sent to a lab to be examined for signs of disease. Your doctor will contact you with results in a week or two.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.