Image-guided percutaneous spinal biopsy

Skeletal Radiol. 2013 Jan;42(1):3-18. doi: 10.1007/s00256-012-1437-y. Epub 2012 Jun 4.


The purpose of this article is to discuss the role of imaging in the diagnosis and management of spinal disorders, with particular attention to that of image-guided percutaneous spinal biopsy. We discuss the indications, general principles, pre-procedural steps and specific techniques used for image-guided percutaneous spinal biopsy in the context of our experience and the wider literature. Percutaneous spinal biopsy is a safe and diagnostically accurate procedure when appropriately selected for further evaluation in the multidisciplinary team setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / methods
  • Biopsy, Needle / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image-Guided Biopsy / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional*
  • Multimodal Imaging
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Radiography, Interventional*
  • Spinal Diseases / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed