St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Interventional Procedure - Biopsy

What you need to do before a Biopsy and how to prepare for the test

  • You may need a referral from your doctor
  • Biopsies may require an appointment. In some circumstances it may be possible to perform a biopsy immediately following your imaging appointment
  • If you are taking anticoagulants or ‘blood thinners’ you may need to stop taking this medication before the test. Please discuss this with your referring doctor and advise our booking staff of the situation
  • Bring all previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment

What will happen when you have your Biopsy done

  • Once you have completed your safety questionnaire that covers your specific medical and surgical history you will be required to sign a consent form. A radiographer or department nurse will go through these documents with you and assist with any queries you may have
  • You may be asked to change into a gown
  • You will be asked to lie down during your biopsy
  • The area being examined is sterilised and a local anaesthetic may be administered
  • The biopsy may be performed under Ultrasound, CT, Mammogram or MRI as required by one of our specialist Radiologists
  • You may be required to stay in the department for a period of time following your test. Please check with booking staff when making the appointment
  • Information on post-procedural care will be provided prior to leaving the department

Your report and images

  • A report will either be sent back to your referring doctor or you may be asked to return to collect them once they have been reported by one of our radiologists
  • Digital copies of all studies are stored on our PACS (Picture Archiving & Communication System) for comparison with any future examinations
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