Biopsy (skin sampling)
Biopsy of the skin refers to taking a sample for analysis in the pathology laboratory. CSI GPs work with local pathologists to collect and analyse samples of suspected skin cancer.
Aside from diagnosing skin cancer, skin biopsy can also be useful for diagnosing other skin rashes.
There are a variety of biopsy techniques, including biopsies where the whole lesion is removed and those where only a part is removed, for example using a biopsy punch device (pictured.)
Sutures are usually required and the CSI GP will follow-up with the patient as soon as the laboratory result is to hand. This commonly takes 2-4 weeks.