Here’s a general description of a biopsy gun/needle:
- Design: Biopsy guns/needles are typically designed as slender, hollow tubes with a sharp cutting tip. They come in various sizes and configurations depending on the specific medical procedure they are used for.
- Trigger Mechanism: Biopsy guns often have a trigger mechanism that allows the healthcare professional to control the firing of the cutting mechanism to obtain the tissue sample.
- Core Biopsy: Many biopsy guns are “core biopsy” devices, meaning they can obtain a cylindrical core of tissue from the target site. This core sample provides a more extensive and accurate representation of the tissue than fine-needle aspiration (FNA) needles.
- Imaging Guidance: Biopsy guns are commonly used with imaging guidance, such as ultrasound, CT scan, or fluoroscopy, to precisely target the area of interest and avoid damage to surrounding structures.
- Safety Features: Some biopsy guns/needles come with safety features, such as safety caps or retractable needles, to reduce the risk of accidental needlestick injuries to healthcare professionals.
- Disposable or Reusable: Biopsy guns/needles may be designed for single-use (disposable) or multiple uses (reusable) depending on the manufacturer’s specifications and medical facility’s practices.
- Sample Collection: Biopsy guns/needles are used to collect tissue samples from various locations in the body, including the breast, liver, prostate, lung, and other organs or structures.