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A biopsy is a procedure to remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from your body so that it can be analyzed in a laboratory. While imaging tests, such as X-ray, are helpful in detecting masses or areas of abnormality, they alone cannot always differentiate between cancerous cells, noncancerous cells, infection, or other disease processes. Biopsies can be performed to reach a more conclusive diagnosis.

Spine Biopsy Procedure

This minimally invasive procedure is performed under general or moderate anesthesia. You will lie face down on the procedure table, and using live X-ray or CT imaging, your doctor will insert a needle through the skin into the bone or disc and collect tissue. This sample is then sent to the lab and a pathologist for a diagnosis.

What are the Steps taken for Post-Procedure Care?

Following the biopsy, you will be discharged, most likely on the same day of the procedure if you are having this performed as an outpatient. In most cases, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities the following day.

What are the Associated Risks and Complications?

Spine biopsy is generally safe. Risks of the procedure may include bleeding, infection, or damage to the surrounding tissues. Additional risks of the procedure will be discussed by the performing radiologist and nursing staff prior to the procedure.

Doctors performing Spine biopsies for mass or infection

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