Read about having an image guided biopsy to stage ovarian cancer.
What it is
You may have tissue samples (biopsies) taken from your ovaries or from a sheet of fatty tissue inside the abdomen called the omentum. Ovarian cancer can sometimes spread there.
How you have it
Image guided biopsy uses a scan to guide where to put the needle. This test may be guided by CT or by ultrasound scan. You have the test done in the scanning room under a local anaesthetic. The procedure takes about 10 to 20 minutes.
Tissue samples are taken from part of the ovary or omentum. You may have samples taken from different places, so you may have several needle puncture sites. The tissue samples are examined in the lab to check for cancer.
After the test
After the test, you will rest in bed for a while and your pulse and blood pressure will be monitored. If all seems well, you can get up and eat and drink normally within a few hours. You can have this done as an outpatient or you may stay overnight in hospital. It will depend on how well you are and the time of day you have the test done.
An image guided biopsy is not suitable for all women. For example, if your tumour is in an area that is difficult to get to, you may have a laparoscopy instead.