A bone biopsy is a test which involves getting a piece of your bone and looking at it under a microscope. It can be done to look for bone diseases like Pagets disease, look for cancers of the bone and to investigate for bone infections. It can also be done if there is ongoing bone pain with no clear cause.
The sample can be taken from any bone and are generally done on bones which are closer to the skin. The bone can be taken via a needle or by exposing the bone by making a cut in your skin. You will be given a local anaesthetic so you should not feel any pain.
The procedure lasts only 30 minutes and the preparation required is usually just fasting for several hours prior to the biopsy.