What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is the removal of sample tissue or cells from your body by a fine needle. A pathologist examines the samples before the results are sent to Epworth Medical Imaging and to your GP or specialist doctor.

How do I prepare for a biopsy?

Generally there is no preparation for a biopsy. If you are taking blood thinners you may need to stop taking this medication before your procedure. Please discuss this with your GP or specialist doctor and inform our staff when you make an appointment.

Bring any previous X-rays to your medical imaging appointment.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival and take your referral form. Paperwork relating to consent and allergies will need to be completed at this time. Your biopsy may be performed under CT or ultrasound, depending on the area being examined.

Depending on which modality is being used, a radiographer will collect you from reception and take you to the CT room or a sonographer will take you to the ultrasound suite. You may be asked to change into a gown.

A radiologist and a nurse will join you in the room, where they will clean your skin with antiseptic and use a local anaesthetic to numb the targeted area. The radiologist will use CT or ultrasound to guide the biopsy needle and three or four tissue samples will be taken. These will be sent to a pathologist for reporting.

Biopsy procedures generally take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Our staff will provide a more accurate time estimate when you call to make a booking.


You may be required to have an X-ray immediately after the procedure. If so, you will be kept under observation for up to four hours.

A report will be sent to your GP or specialist. Please contact them to discuss your results.


Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for on-the-day payment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, claims can be lodged electronically to ensure that your Medicare rebate is deposited directly into your bank account.

Pensioner Concession, Health Care, Commonwealth Seniors Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold cardholders will be bulk-billed for all Medicare-eligible outpatient items. Some surgical procedures and scans that are not covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule may incur an out-of-pocket cost. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please present your Medicare card and any concession cards to reception on arrival.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons
Epworth Freemasons Medical Centre
Epworth Richmond
Epworth Geelong

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