Disposable Biopsy Devices

Disposable Biopsy Devices

Disposable biopsy devices are critical tools in diagnostic medicine, allowing for the collection of tissue samples in a sterile, efficient, and safe manner. These single-use devices are designed to obtain precise tissue specimens from various body parts for pathological examination, ensuring sterility and reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Here’s an overview of disposable biopsy devices, including their components, uses, advantages, and clinical considerations.

Available as

18g (1.2mm), 150mm
18g (1.2mm), 200mm
18g (1.2mm), 250mm

Components and Design

  1. Needle/Cannula: The main component used to penetrate tissues and collect samples. It varies in gauge and length depending on the type and location of the biopsy.
  2. Handle: Ergonomically designed for a secure grip and precise control, often with a mechanism to deploy the needle and collect the sample.
  3. Stylet: A component within the needle that helps in cutting and retaining the tissue sample.
  4. Sample Notch/Chamber: A part of the needle where the tissue sample is collected.
  5. Trigger Mechanism: Allows the user to deploy the needle and obtain the sample with precision and ease.
  6. Sterile Packaging: Ensures the device remains sterile until use.


  • Diagnostic Biopsies: Obtaining tissue samples for pathological examination to diagnose various conditions, including cancers, infections, and inflammatory diseases.
  • Therapeutic Biopsies: Removing small tissue lesions or masses.
  • Research: Collecting tissue samples for research purposes.


  1. Sterility: Each device is sterile-packed, minimizing the risk of infection and cross-contamination.
  2. Convenience: Ready-to-use devices eliminate the need for cleaning and sterilization, saving time and resources.
  3. Safety: Single-use design reduces the risk of cross-contamination between patients.
  4. Precision: Provides consistent performance with each use, ensuring reliable and accurate tissue sampling.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness: Decreases costs related to reprocessing and potential instrument damage.

Types of Disposable Biopsy Devices

  1. Core Needle Biopsy Devices: Designed to obtain a core sample of tissue, often used in breast, prostate, liver, and kidney biopsies.
  2. Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Devices: Use a thin needle to aspirate cells from a mass, commonly used for thyroid, lymph node, and lung biopsies.
  3. Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy Devices: Utilize suction to obtain larger tissue samples, often used in breast biopsies.
  4. Endoscopic Biopsy Forceps: Used in conjunction with endoscopes to obtain tissue samples from the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and other internal organs.
  5. Punch Biopsy Devices: Used primarily for skin biopsies, employing a circular blade to remove a small core of tissue.


  1. Preparation: The area to be biopsied is cleaned and anesthetized. The appropriate biopsy device is selected based on the type and location of the biopsy.
  2. Insertion: The needle or biopsy instrument is inserted into the tissue under guidance (e.g., ultrasound, CT, or endoscopy).
  3. Sample Collection: The device’s trigger mechanism is activated to collect the tissue sample.
  4. Removal: The device is withdrawn from the tissue.
  5. Handling: The collected tissue sample is properly handled and sent to the pathology lab for examination.
  6. Disposal: The used biopsy device is disposed of according to hospital protocols for biohazardous waste.

Examples of Procedures Using Disposable Biopsy Devices

  • Breast Biopsy: Using core needle or vacuum-assisted devices to diagnose breast lesions.
  • Prostate Biopsy: Using core needle devices to diagnose prostate cancer.
  • Liver Biopsy: Using core needle devices to evaluate liver diseases.
  • Thyroid Biopsy: Using fine needle aspiration to diagnose thyroid nodules.
  • Skin Biopsy: Using punch biopsy devices to diagnose skin lesions.
  • Lung Biopsy: Using fine needle aspiration or core needle devices to diagnose lung masses.

Clinical Considerations

  1. Device Selection: Choosing the appropriate biopsy device based on the type and location of the tissue to be sampled.
  2. Imaging Guidance: Utilizing imaging techniques (e.g., ultrasound, CT) to guide the biopsy and ensure accurate sample collection.
  3. Sterility and Disposal: Maintaining sterility before use and following proper disposal protocols post-procedure.
  4. Sample Handling: Ensuring proper handling and preservation of the tissue sample for accurate pathological analysis.
  5. Patient Comfort: Minimizing patient discomfort and anxiety through effective communication and appropriate use of local anesthesia.

Maintenance and Care

Since these devices are disposable, they do not require maintenance and care beyond ensuring proper storage before use and adherence to disposal protocols after use. This further enhances their convenience and reduces the workload on healthcare staff.

Disposable biopsy devices are crucial for obtaining accurate tissue samples for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Their single-use nature ensures sterility, safety, and convenience, making them indispensable in various clinical settings.