Private Image-guided biopsy

Using an ultrasound or CT scanner to help take tissue samples

HCA UK provide a range of locations for image-guided biopsies in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

About having an image-guided biopsy

Image-guided biopsies are an accurate way of diagnosing cancer, tumours and liver disease. Your consultant might recommend that you have an image-guided biopsy if they suspect you have cancer, liver disease or if they want to investigate an abnormality further.

By using an ultrasound or CT scanner, your consultant can precisely locate the tissue they want to take a sample of.

Need to know

  • What happens during the biopsy? icon plus

    In most cases you'll have your scan and biopsy on the same day — but not always. Once you've changed into your hospital gown, your radiologist will inject the area where the biopsy is being taken with local anaesthetic. They will then do an ultrasound or CT scan and use the images it produces to determine the best place to take the tissue sample from.

    To take the sample, your radiologist injects the biopsy needle into your body and removes a small amount of tissue. They may put a dressing over the affected area. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes in the imaging department.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    As with all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. ​Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have. We ask you not to eat for up to six hours before your scan, and not to drink water up to two hours before.
  • After your biopsy icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the same day but depending on the type of biopsy you have, we might need to care for you for longer. Please arrange for someone to drive you home. It's best to rest at home for the next of couple of days, and to avoid any strenuous activity for the following week. You should be able to take your dressing off after 24 hours. As soon as we have your results, we'll let you know.

Scanning technology at HCA UK

Across the HCA UK network in London, Birmingham and Manchester we offer private diagnostic MRI scans for a wide range of service lines to help diagnose and manage different health conditions. 

HCA UK are committed to ensuring they continually invest in the latest technology to support advancements in diagnosing conditions sooner. Throughout the HCA UK network we currently have the latest in both 1.5T and 3T MRI machines.

Our biopsy locations in London

From X-rays to MRI and ultrasound scanning, we provide exceptional investigations and diagnostic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Private Hysteroscopy in Birmingham

Private image-guided biopsy in Manchester

Contact us about booking your image-guided biopsy

Our team can help with any enquiries about your biopsy booking or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants in London or Manchester.

Call us on

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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