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Ultrasound and CT Guided Organ Biopsy


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Interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive organ biopsies using a needle and imaging technology. During these biopsies, they take a small sample of organ tissue from any organ with abnormal growths. This organ tissue is then sent to a lab where it can be studied for signs of cancer, infections, kidney failure (kidney biopsy) or male infertility (testicular biopsy).  

Needle biopsies leave no scars and have faster recovery times than surgical biopsies. The University of Miami Health System interventional radiologists use these procedures to ensure you receive excellent care without invasive surgery.

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?

If you have a nodule or growth in or on an organ, your doctor may recommend an organ biopsy to determine the cause. You may need a surgical biopsy if the nodule is a place that’s difficult to reach.

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 sedated for this one-hour procedure so you feel relaxed. Your doctor also applies a local anesthetic to numb the area where they insert the needle.

Once the area is numb, your doctor uses ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) to locate the growth. They guide the needle through your skin to the organ and take samples of your tissue using the needle.

When they have the sample, they remove the needle and put a bandage on the insertion site. You should be able to go home after your procedure, though you may need to stay a few hours for observation. Typically, you can resume normal activities the next day.

The tissue sample is then sent to a lab where it can be examined for signs of disease. Your doctor will contact you with results within 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.