Biopsy

Wellspring LifeCare -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Whether you need a fine needle biopsy or you need a pathologist to evaluate the results of a surgical biopsy, you want to know that you have an experienced pathologist who produces the highest-quality results. That’s what you can expect from Dr. Oliver Huang, a board-certified pathologist and cytopathologist at Wellspring LifeCare. In addition to having years of experience in various large hospital settings and medical laboratories, Dr. Huang is CAP-certified for ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration, a minimally invasive biopsy procedure which can be performed with no anesthesia or downtime. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Irvine, California, or use the online booking feature.

Biopsy Q & A

When might I need a biopsy?

A biopsy is the removal of cells or tissues from your body so they can be examined for signs of disease. Virtually any organ or tissue can be biopsied, including your kidneys, lungs, skin, bladder, heart, prostate, and thyroid glands.

Biopsies are most often performed when cancer is suspected, but your doctor may request a biopsy to diagnose many other problems including bone marrow diseases, infections, muscle defects, nerve degeneration, and inflammatory conditions.

What types of biopsies do pathologists perform?

Dr. Huang performs ultrasound-guided biopsies to determine the tumor type and to diagnose a variety of possible health problems. The procedures he performs are:

Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration

Dr. Huang uses ultrasound to see the targeted tissue and to guide the needle to a precise area in the tissue. Then he draws a sample of fluid or cells up through the needle and examines them under a microscope to determine the type of cells in the sample and to make a diagnosis.

Dr. Huang often performs an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration on a lump or mass, such as an enlarged lymph node, a breast tumor, a skin lesion, a mass under the skin, or a thyroid cyst. However, the procedure can be used on tumors anywhere in your body, including your muscles, liver, and lungs.

Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Bone marrow is the soft tissue inside your bones that produces blood cells. To diagnose the cause of problems such as a low white blood cell count or low platelets, Dr. Huang may perform a fine needle aspiration to remove a small amount of the soft tissue.

A bone marrow biopsy is often performed at the same time as an aspiration, but in this procedure, a sample of bone is removed. Both the aspiration and the biopsy are usually taken from flat bones found in your hip.

What is the role of a pathologist during a surgical biopsy?

In many cases, your surgeon performs a biopsy during a surgical procedure. After a surgeon removes the tumor or a tissue sample, it must be examined and interpreted by a pathologist like Dr. Huang. After performing a detailed inspection of the biopsy sample as a whole, he carefully processes it so that very thin slices can be placed under the microscope to be further examined at the cellular level.

Dr. Huang individually examines each slide under the microscope, identifies all the cells present, and determines whether cancer or any other disease is present. If he finds cancer cells, he further evaluates the slides for signs that the cancer has spread.

To schedule a pathology consultation, call Wellspring LifeCare or book an appointment online.

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