Needle biopsy is a medical procedure performed by a diagnostic or interventional radiologist to identify the cause of a lump or mass, or other possible abnormality identified in the body. During the procedure, the doctor inserts a small needle, guided by X-ray, ultrasound or other imaging techniques, into the abnormal area.  A sample of tissue is removed and sent to a pathologist who looks at it under a microscope to determine if there is an abnormality – for example, cancer, a non-cancerous growth, infection, cyst or scar.

Each type of biopsy has specific patient preparation instructions, so please call one of our offices to discuss in detail if you have questions.

The following types of biopsies, after review of the specifics related to the area to be biopsied and approval of the San Diego Imaging radiologist, are performed in a comfortable and convenient outpatient setting at our Kearny Mesa Center:

  • Abdominal / Retroperitoneal
  • Lymph Node
  • Parotid / Salivary Gland
  • Renal Biopsy (Transplant)
  • Soft Tissue / Muscle Mass
  • Thyroid

Non-Breast needle biopsies are performed at the following San Diego Imaging centers:

San Diego Imaging – Kearny Mesa

For more information about Breast Biopsies, please click here