Bone Marrow Aspiration and/or Biopsy - CST37

Bone Marrow Aspiration and/or Biopsy

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
(4.6 / 598 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (2.00 CE Credit)

Price: $8.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.00


Trephination is one of the oldest known surgical procedures. Meaning drilling of bone, it was once widely used as a treatment for many medical disorders. Today, the term trephination has been replaced by the term bone marrow aspiration. This procedure is an invaluable diagnostic tool for the evaluation of many hematological disorders. It is also used for diagnosis, staging, and therapeutic monitoring of lymphoproliferative disorders, such as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other myeloproliferative/myelodysplastic disorders. Bone marrow aspiration may also be used to harvest bone marrow from a donor for use in bone marrow transplantation.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists and laboratory professionals accurate information on how a bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy is performed and how the samples are prepared. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss relative pathology and purpose for performing bone marrow biopsy/aspiration.
  • Discuss instrumentation and supplies necessary to perform a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration procedure
  • Describe the steps of bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy, as well as proper specimen handling

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including surgical technologists and laboratory professionals.
Surgical technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This course is approved for surgical techs from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
This continuing education activity is approved for 2.0 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are included in enduring materials.

Course Originally Released on: 10/8/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/28/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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wendy s - roslyn heights, NY  ·  Nov 21, 2019
information and materials answer questions was difficult to find in the material
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Ingrid G - Reseda, CA  ·  Nov 21, 2019
no changes easy to study and comprehend
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Krista K - gleneden beach, OR  ·  Nov 15, 2019
this was a pretty good coarse
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Autum T - Ashburn, VA  ·  Nov 06, 2019
Enjoyed learning about bone marrow biopsy and aspiration and how to properly position patient based on if the BMBX is done at the iliac crest or sternum.
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Debra P - hackensack, NJ  ·  Nov 04, 2019
this course is very informative and would recommend studying this information.
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