When you have an abnormal or suspicious growth, you may need a biopsy. At Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, the team of medical experts can perform your biopsy so you can get the answers you need. Schedule an appointment at the state-of-the-art facility by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
A biopsy is a medical test that involves taking a sample of tissue from your body to more closely examine it. In most cases, having a biopsy is to confirm or rule out cancer.
You may need a biopsy if your provider at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care finds an abnormal growth during a routine physical exam or imaging test.
For example, your provider may request a biopsy if they find a suspicious-looking mole when examining your skin during your annual physical exam. Or, you may need a biopsy following an abnormal mammogram.
The team at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care may use various techniques when performing your biopsy. How they perform your biopsy depends on the location of your abnormal growth.
Types of biopsies include:
A needle biopsy is the most common technique health experts use to extract abnormal tissue from inside your body, such as abnormal breast tissue. During the procedure, your provider uses a special needle to extract a sample of tissue from the growth.
They may use guided imaging – ultrasound-guided or CT-guided – during your needle biopsy to help with the tissue extraction.
For suspicious skin lesions, your provider performs a skin biopsy. They may use a scalpel to remove the lesion or a circular blade to remove a sample of the lesion.
During an aspiration biopsy, your provider uses a needle to extract liquid or other material from an abnormal mass.
Specific organs, such as the liver, kidneys, cervix, or prostate, can also undergo a biopsy.
If your provider at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care is unable to get an adequate sample during your biopsy, they may refer you to a surgeon for a surgical biopsy.
Depending on the type of biopsy performed, you may feel some soreness at the site of your procedure. Your provider gives you instructions on how to care for your wound after your biopsy.
They also let you know when to expect the results, which can take a week or more.
Find out more about biopsy services at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.