The bone marrow samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis. Your doctor generally gives you the results within a few days, but it may take longer.

At the lab, a hematologist or a specialist in analyzing biopsies (pathologist) will evaluate the samples to determine if your bone marrow is making enough healthy blood cells and to look for abnormal cells. The information can help your doctor:

  • Confirm or rule out a diagnosis
  • Determine how advanced a disease is
  • Evaluate whether treatment is working

Depending on your exam results, you may need follow-up tests.

Nov. 27, 2014