General Biopsy

Minimally Invasive, Highly Accurate Care

General biopsy is used to evaluate an area of interest to better characterize the tissue and make an assessment to rule out a condition, or plan for follow-up care.

At Washington Radiology, we offer core biopsy which is a minimally invasive procedure that we perform after a suspicious finding on another imaging study. Our radiologists will take a sample or ‘core’ of tissue using a specialized needle and image-guidance using ultrasound technology. The tissue sample is sent to the lab to examine under a microscope and determine the nature of the cells in question.

General biopsy at Washington Radiology is a non-surgical procedure which offers less risk and anxiety while providing exceptionally accurate results. Most biopsy results are negative, which means there is no presence of disease, but biopsy is needed to confirm that determination.

We offer a variety of biopsy services for superficial organs or lesions. This includes thyroid, structures in the neck or groin, and liver which are a few of the services that we perform. If you have questions or need more information about a specific biopsy procedure, please contact a Nurse at the center near you.  We would be happy to answer your questions.


Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Bethesda, MD
Camalier Building
10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 103, Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 301-564-1053 | F: 301-493-8522
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Potomac, MD
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Suite 120, Potomac, MD 20854
P: 240-223-4700 | F: 240-223-4701
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., September 25 (screening mammograms only)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., October 2 (screening mammograms only)

Preparing For Your General Biopsy Procedure

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your Biopsy exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

  • Avoid aspirin, aspirin-containing products, similar blood thinning products and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve) for 5 days prior to the biopsy procedure, unless otherwise instructed at the time of scheduling.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner, such as Coumadin, check with your referring physician before your biopsy, as you may need to briefly discontinue use of this drug.
  • If you have any questions concerning whether you should continue taking a specific medicine prior to your biopsy procedure, please contact our office at least five days before the date of your scheduled biopsy.
  • On the day of your biopsy, wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.
  • Do not use powder, lotion or deodorant.
  • Do not eat a large or heavy meal on the day of your biopsy.

If you have any follow-up questions about these important biopsy preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.