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What is bone marrow?
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue and fluid found inside some of the larger bones in your body. Bone marrow is where your body makes three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
What are bone marrow aspiration and biopsy?
Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy are procedures to collect and look at your bone marrow. They can show if your bone marrow is healthy and making normal amounts of blood cells.
Bone marrow aspiration: is a procedure to collect a sample of bone marrow fluid. This fluid is then looked at under the microscope. It is checked for abnormal cells. It may also be tested in other ways.
A bone marrow biopsy is when a small sample of bone is removed from a part of your body. The sample of bone is then looked at under the microscope and may also be tested in other ways.