Imaging Guided Biopsy Services

What body parts can you sample?
The expertise of the radiologist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center are capable of sampling almost any lesion in the body, from the neck to the toes. With the use of ultrasound and CT fluoroscopy, small sub-centimeter lesions, as well as lesions in difficult locations can be safely biopsied.
If you would like a consult regarding an imaging guided procedure, our radiologists are open to review imaging studies, and assess if the lesion is accessible for biopsy. Consults requests can be called to telephone 717-531-1049.
Below are a list of biopsies routinely performed:

Head and Neck:


  • Thyroid biopsy
  • Neck node and mass biopsy
  • Parotid mass biops
  • Parapharyngeal mass biopsy



  • Supraclavicular node and mass biopsy
  • Lung nodules and mass biopsy
  • Mediastinal node and mass biopsy
  • Thoracentesis (Chest fluid drainage)



  • Random liver biopsy
  • Liver mass biopsy
  • Random kidney biopsy
  • Kidney mass biopsy
  • Pancreatic mass biopsy
  • Transplant pancreas biopsy
  • Gallbladder and bile duct mass biopsy
  • Spleen biopsy
  • Adrenal biopsy
  • Mesenteric, retroperitoneal and retrocrural mass and lymph node biopsy
  • Omental and peritoneal mass biopsy
  • Paracentesis (abdominal fluid aspiration)
  • Abdominal fluid/cyst aspiration



  • Pelvic mass biopsy
  • Pelvic and inguinal lymph node biopsy
  • Pelvic fluid/cyst aspiration



  • Bone biopsy
  • Muscle biopsy

Minimally invasive procedure performed by Radiology: 


  • Renal cancer radiofrequency ablation
  • Liver cancer radiofrequency ablation
  • Lung cancer radiofrequency ablation



For a list of spine procedures, please click here.

For a list of breast procedures, please click here.

Note: Other interventional procedures are offered by the cardiovascular interventional radiology group, please click here.