A biopsy helps a doctor diagnose a medical condition. Find out more about what they are, about the different types, and about why biopsies are done.
Punch biopsy of a skin lesion
A punch biopsy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with your skin.
A liver biopsy removes small pieces of tissue from your liver using a needle. The procedure is performed by a radiologist (doctor who specialises in x-rays and scans).
A lung biopsy involves removing small pieces of abnormal lung tissue using a needle. The procedure is performed by a radiologist (doctor who specialises in x-rays and scans).
Pancreatic cancer diagnosis
Your doctor may use a range of tests and techniques to indicate the likelihood of pancreatic cancer but to get a definite diagnosis, a biopsy is required.
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with the lower part of your large bowel.
A colposcopy is a minor procedure to examine the health of a woman’s cervix. It may include a biopsy to examine tissue.
Diagnosis for lymphoma may involve a range of tests, including biopsies, CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans. The results of these tests will tell doctors what type of treatments are available. Read to find out more.
Many of the symptoms of leukaemia are quite general and can be caused by a range of illnesses. Find out more about leukaemia diagnosis.
Gastroscopy (upper endoscopy) is a procedure where a tube, inserted into the mouth, down the oesophagus, and into the stomach is used to view these organs.