Percutaneous Thermal Ablation of Spinal Metastases: Recent Advances and Review

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Jan;210(1):142-152. doi: 10.2214/AJR.17.18205. Epub 2017 Nov 7.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to review the available armamentarium and most recent advances in minimally invasive, image-guided percutaneous thermal ablation for treatment of spinal metastases.

Conclusion: Minimally invasive percutaneous spine thermal ablation technologies have proved safe and effective in management of selected patients with spinal metastases. Special attention to procedure techniques including choice of ablation modality, thermoprotection, adequacy of treatment, and postablation imaging is essential for improved patient outcomes.

Keywords: spinal metastases; spine; thermal ablation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheter Ablation*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Spinal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Spinal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed