Bone Marrow BiopsyBy
Catherine Spader, RN
What is a bone marrow biopsy?
A bone marrow biopsy is the removal of a small amount of bone marrow from inside a bone. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue deep inside most bones. It makes red blood cells that carry oxygen and white blood cells that fight infection. A bone marrow biopsy determines if your bone marrow makes healthy blood cells. It helps diagnose blood and bone marrow conditions, including leukemia and infection.
A bone marrow biopsy is only one method used to diagnose a diseases and conditions of the blood and bone marrow. Discuss different testing options with your doctor to understand which option is right for you.