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Bone biopsy: Open

Cross-section view of bone under microscope, showing outer compact bone and inner spongy bone

For an open bone biopsy, the doctor makes a cut (incision) through the skin to expose an area of the bone. Then the doctor takes a small sample of bone. The bone sample can be looked at under a microscope to see if there is cancer, infection, or another problem.

This biopsy usually is done under general anesthesia.

Current as of: December 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Davide Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine