Why It Is Done
A Reference bone biopsy Opens New Window is done to:
- Confirm the diagnosis of a bone disorder (such as Reference Paget's disease Opens New Window, 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 Reference magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan Opens New Window.
- Tell the difference between a noncancerous (benign) bone mass, such as a bone cyst, and bone cancer, such as Reference multiple myeloma Opens New Window.
- See what is causing a bone infection (Reference osteomyelitis Opens New Window) or if an infection is present.
- Find the cause of ongoing bone pain.
- Check bone problems seen on an X-ray.
An open bone biopsy allows your doctor to do surgical treatment at the same time, if needed.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine