A CT-guided biopsy is an outpatient procedure completed in Interventional Radiology (IR) for abnormalities that are easy to access from outside the body. A CT Scan (a special type of x-ray linked to a computer) is used to find the abnormal area in the body and help guide the removal of a tissue sample. A needle is typically used to remove the sample, which is then checked for signs of disease.
About Interventional Radiology (IR): Interventional Radiology utilizes minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available, in order to minimize risk and improve health outcomes. Your physician looks inside your body with imaging tests such as ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time in comparison to open surgery.