Biopsies are powerful tools that Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine uses to comprehensively analyze an area of concern so they can offer patients the most accurate diagnoses and the most effective treatments. From the comfort of their Peoria, Arizona, office, their biopsy specialist, Joshua Johnson, MD, performs a wide range of biopsies. If you want to learn more about this diagnostic tool or need to have a biopsy scheduled, call Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine or schedule your visit online.
A biopsy is a procedure during which Dr. Johnson takes a small sample from your body. By removing targeted cells or tissue, he can then analyze them in Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine’s laboratory. This way, he can clearly see if there are any problems with the area, such as damage or the presence of cancer.
Dr. Johnson is available to perform biopsies every Friday.
There are different types of biopsies. They are all designed to be minimally invasive, but most will require either the collection of cells via a needle or some sort of surgery. A few of the most common types of biopsies include:
The majority of biopsies are needle-based. During this type of procedure, Dr. Johnson injects a needle into the targeted area to extract a sample of fluid or a small amount of tissue for analysis.
A bone marrow biopsy is performed with a needle. The needle is used to collect bone marrow and test for blood diseases, including lymphoma and leukemia.
During this type of biopsy, a suspicious mole or other abnormality on your skin is removed and sent to the lab for analysis.
A surgical biopsy will require an incision, via which Dr. Johnson can access the targeted area. Surgical biopsies are commonly used to remove a lump from the breast in cases of suspected breast cancer.
These are just a few examples. Ultimately, a biopsy is a versatile procedure that can be used to drive accurate diagnoses and targeted treatment. Dr. Johnson will discuss your biopsy with you so you know exactly what to expect during and after your procedure.
Once Dr. Johnson has completed the biopsy, he sends the collected sample to Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine’s lab. Once it’s there, the dedicated team performs a comprehensive analysis of the sample, identifying any health concerns.
If the biopsy detects cancer, they can use the biopsied sample to determine the type of cancer and to stage it, i.e., determine how aggressive it is. This information helps your doctors provide you with the most targeted and effective cancer care.
If you need a biopsy and want to know what to expect or you’re ready to schedule yours in a comfortable environment, call or book your appointment online with Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine.