Biopsy & Pathology
Biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue samples from your body so that the cells can be analyzed in a Pathology Laboratory. False Creek Healthcare Centre offers immediate access to a wide range of Biopsy procedures in Vancouver including Breast Biopsy, Prostate Biopsy, Liver Biopsy, Thyroid Biopsy and Lymph Node Biopsy. Expert pathologists are used to deliver diagnostic interpretation of biopsies and cytology samples quickly and accurately. All our tissue samples go to the VGH Pathology lab or the BC Cancer Association for Breast Biopsy Samples
A Breast Biopsy is a diagnostic procedure that involves the removal of a small sample of tissue from a suspicious area of the breast. The tissue sample is then processed and studied by a pathologist who diagnoses disease and issues a report. This report is used by your physician to manage any disease the test may reveal.
We aim to deliver the pathology report within 1 week after receiving the specimen. If a pathologist determines that cancer is present, further testing can be performed to determine the molecular profile of the tumour and help personalize your treatment options.
A Prostate Biopsy removes samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate. An Interventional Radiologist will perform the biopsy with a fine needle or core. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for cell abnormalities and prostate cancer.
A Liver Biopsy removes samples of suspicious tissue from the liver. A specially trained Radiologist will perform the biopsy using a fine needle or core. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for signs of damage or disease.
Lymph Node Biopsy
A Lymph Node Biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the neck, armpit, or groin. A specially trained Radiologist will perform the biopsy using a fine needle or core. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for infection and cancer.
A Thyroid Biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the thyroid gland. The tissue samples from the biopsy are examined for infection, cancer and other thyroid problems.
What to Expect:
- You will lie on the examination table. The biopsy site will be cleansed, and your physician may inject a local anesthetic into the area.
- A long, thin needle is inserted into the suspicious area. A syringe is used to draw out fluid and cells.
- Pressure is applied to the site to stop the bleeding, and a bandage is applied.
- A fine needle aspiration biopsy usually takes less than 10 minutes. A needle biopsy only provides a small sample of cells. For cancers, this test may not be enough.
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Image Guided Biopsy
All our biopsies are image guided to insure accuracy and the best results. The interventional radiologist will choose specific imaging equipment, such as X-Ray, CT Scan or Ultrasound to access suspicious area that cannot be felt through the skin. Using real-time images, your physician can make sure the needle reaches the correct spot.