Why It Is Done
bone biopsy is done to:
- Confirm the diagnosis of a bone disorder (such
Paget's disease, a disease that may look like bone
cancer, or bone cancer) that was found by another test, such as an X-ray, CT
scan, bone scan, or a
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
- Tell the difference between a noncancerous (benign)
bone mass, such as a bone cyst, and bone cancer, such as
- See what is causing a
bone infection (osteomyelitis) or if an infection is
- Find the cause of ongoing bone pain.
bone problems seen on an X-ray.
An open bone biopsy allows your doctor to do surgical
treatment at the same time, if needed.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
October 4, 2012
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