Biopsy of CT-occult bone lesions using anatomic landmarks for CT guidance

Travis J. Hillen, Robert J. Talbert, Michael V. Friedman, Jeremiah R. Long, Jack W. Jennings, Daniel E. Wessell, Jonathan C. Baker

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the histopathologic diagnostic yield, sample size, procedural time, and dose-length product (DLP) for the biopsy of CT-occult lesions found at MRI or PET or both. MATERIALS AND METHODS. A retrospective review of our radiology information system for biopsies of CT-occult lesions using CT guidance from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2014, was performed and compared with a selection of CT-guided biopsies of CT-evident bone lesions during the same period. The data were then evaluated for diagnostic yield of histopathologic diagnosis, procedural time, use of sedation medication, DLP, and size of specimens obtained. RESULTS. A total of 30 CT-occult biopsies met the inclusion criteria. Twenty-seven of those biopsies had results that were concordant with the patient's primary histopathologic diagnosis, imaging findings, and clinical course. In the CT-evident lesion group, concordant histopathologic abnormalities were identified in 27 of 30 patients. There was a statistically significant increase in number of samples obtained for the CT-evident lesions compared with CT-occult lesions. There was no statistically significant difference in total specimen length, DLP, number of CT scans, procedural time, or use of sedation medication between the CToccult and CT-evident biopsy groups. CONCLUSION. Biopsy of CT-occult lesions using anatomic landmarks achieves diagnostic yields similar to those for CT-guided biopsy of CT-evident lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • Bone biopsy
  • CT guidance
  • CT-occult lesions


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