Ultrasound-guided Biopsy


A biopsy is a medical procedure during which a small piece of tissue is removed so it can be studied in depth.

It can be frightening to learn you need to have a biopsy, but it’s a routine diagnostic procedure. Some biopsies, often called surgical biopsies, are performed by surgeons in a hospital setting using an incision or cutting method.

Here at the Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center in Roanoke, we perform minimally invasive biopsies, or Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies, using ultrasound technology to guide the biopsy needle. 

Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies aren’t suited for every situation, but we frequently perform biopsies of the head and neck, including the thyroid gland and the parotid gland. Ultrasound technology gives us a clear path in these compact areas to ensure we collect the right tissues during the biopsy.

There are other benefits to Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy, too.

Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

  • Limited scarring: Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies use a very small incision, so the chance of scarring is minimal.
  • Limited down time: in most cases, you can resume your normal activity within a few hours of your Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy.
  • Faster recovery: you may experience some mild discomfort for a day or two after the procedure, but you should be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain reliever, and it shouldn’t keep you from your normal routine.

If your doctor has ordered a biopsy, ask if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive diagnostic procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?
Your physician has detected a suspicious mass and wants to do further testing.
How do I prepare for an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?
What happens before an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?
What happens during an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?
What happens after an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy?

The Interventional Center

4437 Starkey Road SW, Suite A
Roanoke, VA 24018

Phone: (540) 283-3881