CT Guided Liver Biopsy

Used to evaluate for fibrosis scoring and metabolic disorders, this procedure is only performed at the Turkey Lake Orlando and Maitland offices.

During biopsy, one of our physicians will use images generated by a CT scanner (also called a cat scan) to accurately insert a needle into the liver, allowing a sample to be removed for testing.

At the time of the procedure, your provider will allow you the chance to ask any questions you may have. You will be asked to sign a consent for treatment. These biopsies are done using local anesthesia. As with any surgical procedure, complications of bleeding or infections may occur, though rarely.

What to Expect

How is a fine-needle aspiration done?

This procedure is performed using CT or Ultrasound guidance. A grid sticker will be placed over your liver and images of your liver will be taken. The provider will decide on the safest approach and mark your skin with a marking pen. The area will be cleaned with chlorhexidine. The site will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you will feel burning. Once the area is numb, a guide needle will be inserted through your skin and into the liver. Once the positioning is confirmed with CT or Ultrasound, samples will be taken. The whole procedure lasts approximately 10mins.

How will it feel?

You will feel a stick and burning with the local anesthetic. You also may feel some pressure when the biopsy needle is inserted. Once complete, you may have some discomfort. The discomfort usually resolves within an hour following the procedure. Medications and ice packs can be given to help with the discomfort. You may return to work the following day.

What happens afterward?

Your doctor will apply a pressure bandage to the puncture site to prevent bleeding. You will also be asked to lie on your right side to apply additional pressure to the puncture site. You will remain in our recovery area for at least 3 hours after your procedure for monitoring. You will be given a detailed instruction sheet for post-care. Contact your doctor if you have increased pain, bleeding to the site, redness, swelling, or a fever of more than 100.5F over the next couple of days.

How to Prepare

You will be provided with detailed pre procedure instructions. A nurse will call you to discuss. Please notify your nurse if you take prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter blood thinners.