CT Guided Biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure used to collect fluid and tissues from internal organs of the body. The procedure does not require hospitalisation.
What is a CT Guided Biopsy?
CT Guided Biopsy uses high-definition images generated through x-rays and advanced computer programmes to get accurate samples from the site. The procedure is performed as an alternative to open surgical biopsy to get samples of tissues and fluids from a tumour or mass.
How is CT Guided Biopsy Performed?
CT Guided Biopsy is a quick and safe procedure. The process involves:
- Preparing the patient for the procedure by making them wear a hospital gown and cleaning the site of biopsy.
- Sedatives and main medication are injected intravenously.
- The patient is taken to the CT scanner wherein a needle is inserted into the organ, where the biopsy is to be done.
- The CT images guide the radiologist to the exact location from which the sample is obtained.
CT Guided Biopsy takes several hours to complete.
Side-effects of CT Guided Biopsy
CT Guided Biopsy is mostly a risk-free procedure. However, possible side-effects include:
- Bleeding from the site of the biopsy.
- Injuring a nerve by the needle used for CT Guided Biopsy.
- Infection at the biopsy site.
- Allergic reaction to the sedation or pain medication.
Preparation for CT Guided Biopsy
CT Guided Biopsy requires prior planning and preparation. This includes:
- Stopping blood–thinning medication several days before the procedure.
- Discussing health issues, chronic diseases and medical conditions with the doctor.
- Following the instructions of the doctor regarding medication.
- Fasting for several hours before the CT Guided Biopsy procedure.
Post-care for CT Guided Biopsy
CT Guided Biopsy is a simple procedure, and a few post-care tips include:
- Not driving on the day of the procedure.
- Using the medication prescribed by the doctor to manage pain that results from the procedure.
You can resume your routine the next day after the procedure.
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