• Overview

Or call us on

0116 276 9401
Overall rating Good

A biopsy is a procedure to remove and examine a sample of tissue from a lump or suspicious area of the body.

What happens during fine needle biopsy?

A local anaesthetic is injected first to numb the area. If the lump is near the surface of your body and can easily be felt, the doctor will probably just feel it to guide the needle in. If the lump is deep within the body (such as in the abdomen) or is harder to feel, the doctor will use an ultrasound scan or sometimes a CT scan to see where the needle is going and guide it into the right place. A fine needle is put into the lump to take a sample of cells. Several samples may be taken.

When the cells are looked at under a microscope, the pathologist will be able to tell whether they are benign (not cancerous) or cancerous cells.

If the lump is a sarcoma (a rare form of cancer), further tests may be done on the sample to try to find out exactly what type of sarcoma it is. Sometimes, particularly with children, the biopsy is done under a general anaesthetic.

For most people a needle biopsy will show whether the lump is a sarcoma. Sometimes, not enough cells are collected to give a clear answer, and then a surgical biopsy is needed.


Leicester Hospital

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
Main Switchboard 0116 276 9401
Enquiries 0116 276 9401
Customer services 0116 2743 707
Outpatient bookings 0116 2743 753
Inpatient bookings 0116 274 3707
Diagnostic imaging 01162 743 742
Nurses station (inpatients) 0116 274 3736
Physiotherapy 0116 274 3730
Accounts / Business office 0116 274 3710

Ways to pay

Nuffield Health promise

Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.

Paying for yourself

There are no hidden costs in our treatment prices. The price you see is the price you pay.

Find out more

Personal medical loan

Spread the cost of treatment with a 10 month interest free personal medical loan.

Find out more

Medical insurance

We work with you and your insurance provider to get you the treatment you need quickly

Find out more