Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy
What is bone marrow?
The soft material in the center of bones is the bone marrow.
In some bones, the bone marrow consists only of fat. Other bones
contain what is termed cellular marrow. The cellular marrow has
different types of
cells that give rise to red cells, white cells and platelets for our blood. The
marrow may also contain abnormal cells, proteins, or inflammatory processed that are not normally present,
such as cancer cells. Since the production of red cells requires
iron, the marrow is one of the places in the body that normally
stores a supply of iron.