Imaging-guided percutaneous renal biopsy: rationale and approach

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Jun;194(6):1443-9. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.4427.


Objective: The purpose of this article is to discuss the history of, indications and rationale for, and approach to imaging-guided percutaneous renal biopsies.

Conclusion: With the progressive increase in the number of incidentally discovered renal masses, increased use of percutaneous ablation as a treatment alternative for the management of renal cell carcinoma and improvements in immunohistochemistry techniques, imaging-guided renal biopsy will continue to serve as a useful tool for the evaluation and management of renal diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Biopsy / adverse effects
  • Biopsy / methods*
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology*
  • Patient Positioning
  • Radiography, Interventional / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods*


  • Contrast Media