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CT Guided Neck Mass Biopsy- Benefits and Risks


  • CT guided neck mass biopsy is a reliable method of obtaining tissue samples and can help diagnose if a suspicious tumor is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant.
  • CT guided neck mass biopsy is less invasive than open and closed surgical biopsies.
  • Typically, the procedure is not painful and the results are as accurate as when the tissue sample is removed surgically.
  • Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities.


  • Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries the risk of infection.
  • There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis will generally outweigh the risk.
  • Women should always inform their radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Watch the CT - What to Expect Video.