Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Liver Biopsy (Transjugular)

To obtain a liver biopsy via the internal jugular vein (neck area) for patients who have problems with bleeding and ascites, (fluid collection in the abdomen)

Ultrasound guidance is used. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area, then access is made through the jugular vein. A small catheter is placed and a biopsy is obtained with a special device. Once the biopsy is obtained, the radiologist will apply pressure to the puncture site.

The procedure takes about 1/2 to one hour. You will be on bed rest for six hours with the head of the bed elevated 30 degrees. Bathroom privileges are allowed after three hours.