Head and neck lesions: MR-guided aspiration biopsy

Radiology. 1989 Feb;170(2):519-22. doi: 10.1148/radiology.170.2.2911679.


Aspiration biopsy guided with computed tomography (CT) has long been a valuable tool in the evaluation of head and neck disease. The ability to obtain diagnoses without the need for surgery has had a significant effect on patient treatment. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is now rapidly replacing CT as the primary imaging study for many head and neck diseases. The standard stainless steel needles used for CT-guided biopsy are unsuitable for MR-guided biopsy because significant ferromagnetic artifacts obscure the underlying anatomy. A new needle has recently been designed specifically for use with MR imaging. This needle has far less magnetic susceptibility and therefore does not cause significant image distortion. The authors describe the use of this needle in MR-guided aspiration biopsy of a variety of lesions in the head and neck.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle / methods*
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged