Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy

Correctional Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., has performed turnkey On-site Radiology operations for state and county correctional facilities as well as numerous Federal Correctional Institutions for over 16 years. Continuing with the concept of on-site diagnostic services along with the overwhelming interest in Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy procedures, CDI is proud to offer: Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy procedures, complete with physician and ultrasound services "on-site" at your facility. This will eliminate the need to transport inmates to an imaging center or hospital and eliminates the cost of security staff associated with the transport. Our services reduce security risks and maintain security standards. All clinics are scheduled, therefore backlogs will not occur. Our Quality Assurance program is the best in the industry, and it provides meaningful data for your medical team.

In a liver biopsy the physician examines a small piece of tissue from the liver for signs of damage or disease. A special needle is used to remove the tissue from the liver. The physician decides to do a liver biopsy after tests suggest that the liver does not work properly. For example, a blood test might show that the patient's blood contains higher than normal levels of liver enzymes or too much iron or copper. An x-ray could suggest that the liver is swollen. This procedure is invaluable in the diagnosis and evaluation of Hepatitis infections. Looking at liver tissue itself is the best way to determine whether the liver is healthy or the cause of damage.

For the biopsy, the inmate will lie on a bed or stretcher on his back with the right hand above the head. After marking the outline of the liver and injecting a local anesthetic to numb the area, the physician will make a small incision in the inmate's right side near the rib cage, then insert the biopsy needle and retrieve a sample of liver tissue. The physician uses an ultrasound image of the liver to help guide the needle to a specific spot.

The patient will need to hold very still. The physician will ask the patient to hold his breath for 5 to 10 seconds while the needle is inserted into the liver. The patient may feel pressure and a dull pain. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. After the procedure the patient is required to rest in the infirmary for 3-5 hours and is observed for signs of localized bleeding or swelling.

The following services shall be included:

  • Board Certified and State Licensed Interventional Radiologist
  • State-of-the-art Mobile Ultrasound equipment
  • Board Certified and State Licensed Ultrasound Technologist
  • Immediate notification on all positive findings
  • Physician consultations
  • Biopsy Pathology Reports
  • All supplies and equipment