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A biopsy involves taking a piece of skin or tissue from the body to look at under a microscope. A doctor will see if the tissue contains cancer or other abnormal cells. The results of the biopsy can help determine the next best step in diagnosis or treatment.

How is a biopsy done?

A small amount of tissue is taken using a special tool. When the tissue is taken the patient may be given a numbing agent to prevent pain. Sometimes the patient is sedated.

For certain urological diseases, biopsies can be done on the

A biopsy of the prostate or kidney

Biopsies of the prostate or kidney are done with a special needle. The doctor uses ultrasound or a CT scan to guide the needle.

An endoscope (long tube with an attached light) is used for a bladder or ureteral biopsy. The endoscope is inserted through the urethra.

Source: Urology Care Foundation