For an open bone biopsy, the doctor makes a cut (incision) through the skin to expose an area of the bone. Then the doctor takes a small sample of bone. The bone sample can be looked at under a microscope to see if there is cancer, infection, or another problem.
This biopsy usually is done under general anesthesia.
Current as of: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Davide Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Davide Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine