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Why might I need a CT scan if I am having a biopsy?

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The radiologist performing your biopsy may use a CT scanner to observe and follow the biopsy needle as it approaches and reaches the targeted tissue within your body. CT imaging significantly shortens the amount of time it takes to complete the biopsy and increases the accuracy of your diagnosis.

 

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How should I prepare for a CT scan if I am having a biopsy?

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To prepare for a CT scan, we recommend you dress comfortably. Also, avoid any clothing that contains metal objects such as snaps or zippers that can affect the CT image. Depending on your individual scan, you may be asked to drink contrast before you arrive. Contrast material is a dye that makes your organs and blood vessels more visible when you are scanned.

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What type of CT equipment is used for guided biopsies?

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The CT scanner is a specialized machine that looks like a large doughnut. You will lie on a movable table that goes in and out of the center of the machine. Most CT studies use an advanced unit called a spiral CT that records a large number of pictures in a short time.