When a doctor notices a suspicious growth anywhere in the patient's body, they may recommend an image-guided biopsy to determine what type of tissue is present. Diagnostic Imaging of Milford offers image-guided biopsies to patients in Milford, Connecticut and West Haven, Connecticut.
Doctors order a biopsy when they’ve found an abnormal mass on or inside a patient’s body. The purpose of this procedure is to collect a small piece of the mass for analysis. When the mass is close to the outside of the body, the doctor can perform the biopsy without imaging. However, when the mass is inside the patient’s body, an image-guided biopsy can be used to collect the sample.
During an image-guided biopsy, the doctor uses imaging technology, such as CT scans or ultrasound, to guide the needle to the mass. This ensures that the doctor obtains the tissue from the right location without damaging any of the surrounding structures.
Depending on the type of biopsy and the location of the mass, the patient may or may not be under general anesthesia. If general anesthesia isn’t required, the doctor will use a local anesthesia instead.
In most cases, image-guided biopsies are performed on an outpatient basis. This means that the patient will be able to return home after the procedure is complete.
The risks of an image-guided biopsy are similar to the risks associated with other types of biopsies. These risks include bleeding and infection at the site of the puncture, infection at the site of tissue removal, and hematoma. In some cases, a second biopsy may be necessary if the doctor isn’t able to collect adequate tissue using this method.
After the biopsy, a doctor will examine the tissue collected during the procedure. Depending on the characteristics of the tissue, the doctor may or may not recommend treatment to the patient.
Diagnostic Imaging of Milford accepts all major and most secondary insurances. Patients are expected to bring their insurance card to the office at the time of their examination. Claims are submitted through our billing company, McKesson Corp. For questions regarding patient statements and insurance, patients may call (800) 360-4391. Fees for non-covered services and co-payments are expected at the time of your visit.
*We strongly recommend that patients call our office if their insurance carrier is not listed. Additional insurances are added frequently.
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