Core Biopsy

A core needle biopsy is a procedure done to collect a sample of cells from the body for lab analysis. Fine-needle aspiration and core needle biopsy are common needle biopsy techniques.


Core biopsy is usually used to get tissue or fluid samples from the muscles, bones, and other organs like the liver or lungs. This procedure is done to help healthcare providers diagnose a health condition or rule out a disease. the Sample collected may assist the healthcare provider to determine what’s causing:

A mass or lump: A core biopsy may discover if a mass or lump is a cyst, an infection, or a benign tumour or cancer.

An Infection: Biopsy may help healthcare providers determine what pathogens are causing an infection, so that patients may get the most appropriate treatment.

Inflammation: This analysis may reveal the root causes of inflammation and what type of cells are involved.

The patient may also have to get imaging tests like a computerized tomography (CT) scan or an ultrasound, before needle biopsy to locate the area more precisely to be biopsied.

Who Needs It?

The doctor may recommend this procedure if a person has a growth that may be cancerous. Getting the tissue sample tested to confirm if it’s malignant and to assess the right treatment option. A core needle biopsy lets healthcare providers do this without restoring to surgery. In most cases, it is used to diagnose breast cancer.


A core needle biopsy is done to exactly determine if cancer is present, but it can still miss out on some cancers.

The needle biopsy uses a thin, hollow needle to withdraw cells from the body, while in core needle biopsy, a wider needle is used, which is hollow and lets the doctor collect tissue samples for testing.

This procedure can be unpleasant, but most patients find it tolerable, and this may vary from person to person. The recovery time is rapid, though there may be slight bleeding or bruising in the region.

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