Core Biopsy/FNA

Core Biopsy procedures and Fine Needle Aspirations or FNAs involve the removal of a small piece of tissue, cells or fluid so it can be sent to a pathology laboratory for further analysis.

As this will require a cut into your skin, it’s important that you seek advice from your referring doctor if you are taking any anti-coagulant or blood thinning medication before having this done.

How do I prepare?

Please arrive early for your examination as you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

It’s a good idea to dress in a separate top and bottoms, as this makes accessing the area we need access to easier.

Please bring a friend along to drive you home after the appointment, or arrange to get a taxi home.

If you’re on blood thinners you should talk to your referring practitioner regarding them before you have this procedure. Our staff will also talk to you about this medication at the time of booking.

Technology and Team

Core Biopsy procedures are performed either using a CT, X-ray, Fluoroscopy or Ultrasound.

The biopsy is performed by one of our specially trained Radiologists.

Radiologists, Radiographers and our Nurses work together to deliver this service. Due to the number of people involved, this is why we ask you travel to one of our hospital or comprehenisve sites for this imaging procedure.

What happens during my examination

Your Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.

Whether you have a Core Biopsy or an FNA, will depend on the organ, lesion and the referring practitioner.

On entering the room you will be introduced to the Radiologist and nurse who will be carrying out the procedure. You will be asked to lie on a bed and the area we are performing the biopsy on will be cleaned with antiseptic.

The needle,will be inserted under the guidance of imaging technology. By using this technology we’ll be able to ensure the right piece of tissue is collected. Sometimes, if this is a bit difficult, then a second sample may need to be collected.

Throughout the procedure, the Radiologist will talk to you about what they’re doing. They may leave the room and come back several times as they review the images on the screen outside the scanning room.

A typical procedure will last around 30 minutes. You may feel some minor pressure or discomfort. We’ll do our very best to keep this to a minimum and keep you comfortable.

It’s important to know that depending on what kind of biopsy you’re having done, the recovery time will be a little different for each person, but we generally recommend that you rest for the remainder of the day.

Our Radiologist will chat to you before you leave to make sure you’re aware of what you can expect in this regard.

At the end of the examination, you will be able to redress and return to the waiting room.

After your examination

A report on the procedure and images will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.


The cost of your procedure will depend on various factors. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.

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