The physicians of VITA perform minimally invasive biopsy of the organs of the body, including the lung, liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, spleen, lymph nodes, bone and neck regions. This is done without making large incisions; sometimes, no incision at all is made for the needle puncture site. Very small needles are used to obtain material from areas where there is suspected disease. Usually, biopsy is performed when cancer is suspected, but many other non-cancerous processes can be found at biopsy.
The VITA physician advances the needle to the suspect area by using x-ray, ultrasound, or CAT scan guidance. By using imaging guidance, the physician visually guides the needle to the right spot, while avoiding surrounding vital organs or trouble areas. Drs. Daniel and Yokley are highly trained in anatomy and also in the appearance of diseases when seen on x-rays, ultrasound, or CAT scans.
- Biopsy is typically done outpatient, and involves relatively low risk.
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