During a temporal artery biopsy, we remove a section of the temporal artery through a small incision at the temple of your head. This biopsy sample goes to our lab for analysis after the procedure.

What should I expect during my temporal artery biopsy?

We will bring you into the procedure room on a stretcher and connect you to equipment that monitors and records your vital signs. You will be placed on your side with your head slightly elevated. Medical sedation may be given if you have been medically cleared to receive. We shave and clean the biopsy area with antiseptic solution and cover the area with sterile drapes.

The vascular surgeon uses a small doppler to locate the temporal artery and determine the best biopsy location. There are no X-rays used. We mark the area with a sterile pen before applying local anesthetic.

After a small incision is made, the vascular surgeon removes a small section of the temporal artery. This sample goes to the lab to be analyzed.

Next, we tie the ends of the artery to prevent bleeding. The incision will be closed with sutures, sealed with medical glue, and bandaged. After this outpatient procedure is complete, we take you to the recovery room for short-term observation.

What should I expect during my temporal artery biopsy?

Please review general expectations for our interventional radiology procedures.

How do I prepare for my temporal artery biopsy?

Please read how to prepare for our interventional radiology procedures.

When do I get my results for my temporal artery biopsy?

We partner with pathologists to read your results right here at The Polyclinic. If you have MyChart, your results will be accessible within several days of your exam. Your primary or referring physician will discuss these results and treatment options, if needed, in a follow-up appointment. You will need to schedule this follow-up appointment after your procedure.