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The purpose of biopsies is to obtain a tissue sample that can be evaluated by a pathologist.

The procedure may be done under CT or ultrasound guidance.


Anaesthesia, local or general, may be available upon request. For children or irritable patients, anaesthesia will be inevitable.


    When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call (202) 336 3310 for the Mohandeseen branch, or (202) 417 5556 for the Heliopolis branch.


    You may have only clear liquids after midnight. Clear liquids include water, juice, and tea or coffee without milk or sugar. Do not eat any food. 

    It is very important that you let the doctor who is requesting the biopsy know if you take any blood thinners.

    You will be requested to have a recent laboratory prothrombin time and concentration result available with you prior to the examination. If the results are not satisfactory, your procedure will be postponed (or cancelled) until your results are more favourable.

You are also requested to have the most recent radiological procedure available with you prior to the examination for proper planning about the best site for biopsy taking.

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The procedure

    You will be kindly requested to sign a written consent about the possible complications that may occur during or as a result of the procedure prior to your examination.    

    You will then change into a hospital gown and will lie on the table either on your stomach or back. You skin will be cleaned with betadine antiseptic and will then be numbed with local anesthetic. 

    A biopsy needle will then be placed from the chosen site of biopsy under CT or ultrasound guidance. A small amount of material will be removed through the needle so the cells may be studied. 

    You will be in the procedure room approximately 30-60 minutes.

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After Care

    It is very important to remember that you must have someone to go home with you after the procedure.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.


























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