Biopsy Specialist

Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville

Mahmoud Samman, MD

Vascular and Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon located in Louisville, KY

A biopsy is a diagnostic test that’s critical to diagnosing cancer and other diseases. Mahmoud Samman, MD, and the team at Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville provide state-of-the-art ultrasound-guided biopsy services for patients from in and around Louisville, Kentucky. If you need a biopsy, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Biopsy Q&A

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic test that takes a small sample of cells from your body to test for cancer and other diseases. 


Dr. Samman and the team at Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville use ultrasound guidance to take tissue samples from anywhere in your body, including:


  • Abdomen
  • Thyroid 
  • Bones
  • Bone marrow
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Muscles
  • Lymph Node


They usually provide needle biopsies but can also perform a surgical procedure to remove an abnormal growth or nodule. 

Why would I need a biopsy?

Physicians order biopsies to gather more information about abnormal tissue or growths in your body. For example, your doctor might order a biopsy if your mammogram shows unusual tissue. 

Physicians often use biopsies to diagnose cancer, but these tests also help identify autoimmune disorders, infections, and other inflammatory conditions. 


How should I prepare for a biopsy?

Dr. Samman and the team at Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville provide biopsies as outpatient procedures. 

In most cases, you won’t need to do much to prepare. However, depending on your condition and the type of biopsy, you might need to stop taking medications like blood thinners. You might also need to fast for eight hours before your biopsy. 

Make sure to talk to your provider about any other medical conditions like diabetes, as well as all of the medications, vitamins, and supplements you take regularly. 


What happens during a biopsy?

Dr. Samman and the team provide a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your biopsy, but in most cases, you do not need additional anesthesia. They clean your skin and use an ultrasound transducer to examine the inside of your body and locate the abnormal tissue. 

Then, using the ultrasound images as guidance, Dr. Samman makes a small incision in your skin and inserts the needle into your body. When the needle reaches the correct location, he carefully extracts a few small samples of cells. 

Finally, he extracts the needle and bandages the incision site. The whole procedure usually takes less than an hour, and you can go home to rest soon after the biopsy is complete. 

You might experience some tenderness at the biopsy site but can usually return to your regular activities within 24 hours. 

Call Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville or make an appointment online today if you need expert biopsy services.