Computed tomography guidance for skeletal biopsy

David H. Frager, Mark J. Goldman, Leonard P. Seimon, Charles M. Elkin, Jacob Cynamon, Klaus Schreiber, Edward T. Habermann, Leonard M. Freeman, Norman E. Leeds

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Computed tomographic (CT) guided biopsy and abscess drainage of multiple organ systems have been well described. Reports of spinal and skeletal applications have been less common. This study describes the use of CT guidance in the biopsy of various skeletal lesions in 46 patients. Forty-one patients had skinny needle aspirations (18 or 22 gauge) and 23 patients had trephine core biopsies. Sites of the lesions included: thoracic spine-15 patients, lumbosacral spine-17 patients, bony pelvis-6 patients, rib-2 patients, and long bones-6 patients. Fast scanners capable of rapid image reconstruction have overcome many constraints. With CT guidance, the physician who performs the procedure receives virtually no ionizing radiation. The exact location of the needle tip is accurately visualized in relation to the lesion being biopsied and to the vital organs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-646
Number of pages3
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1987


  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Needle biopsy
  • Skeleton
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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