Newsletter - May 2014   send this newsletter to a colleague
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Dear MDCT.net users,

The main topic addressed in this month’s Newsletter is the use of CT-guided biopsy as a fundamental tool, for diagnosing malignant lung lesions, detecting metastatic diseases and evaluating a patient’s response to therapy. The advances made in computed tomography have resulted in biopsy being a less invasive and more accurate procedure than it was in the past. Furthermore, CT-guided biopsy has a very low complication rate. As illustrated in the Focus on by Michele Anzidei (Rome, IT), CT for guidance of chest biopsies offers good spatial and contrast resolution as well as a high 3D imaging ability. This presentation outlines the clinical indications for CT-guided chest biopsy, the available scanning and biopsy techniques, post-procedural care and management of complications. The selected literature and e-books highlighted here provide additional detailed and updated information on applications, advantages and techniques of CT-guided interventions in general and of the chest in particular.

We remind you that suggestions for new topics to be covered in future issues are very appreciated: for this purpose please contact us at
editorial@mdct.net .

From the MDCT.net team
CT-guided biobsy of the chest

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Tran AA, Brown SB, Rosenberg J, Hovsepian DM. Tract embolization with gelatin sponge slurry for prevention of pneumothorax after percutaneous computed tomography-guided lung biopsy.
Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2013 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Ishii H, Hiraki T, Gobara H, Fujiwara H et al. Risk factors for systemic air embolism as a complication of percutaneous CT-guided lung biopsy: multicenter case-control study.
Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2013 Dec 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Grasso RF, Faiella E, Luppi G et al. Percutaneous lung biopsy: comparison between an augmented reality CT navigation system and standard CT-guided technique.
Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2013 Sep;8(5):837-848

De Filippo M, Saba L, Concari G et al. Predictive factors of diagnostic accuracy of CT-guided transthoracic fine-needle aspiration for solid noncalcified, subsolid and mixed pulmonary nodules.
Radiol Med. 2013 Oct;118(7):1071-1081

Asai N, Kawamura Y, Yamazaki I. et al. Is emphysema a risk factor for pneumothorax in CT-guided lung biopsy?
Springerplus. 2013 Apr 30;2(1):196. Print 2013 Dec.

Braak SJ, Herder GJ, van Heesewijk JP, van Strijen MJ. Pulmonary masses: initial results of cone-beam CT guidance with needle planning software for percutaneous lung biopsy.
Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2012 Dec;35(6):1414-1421

Uruga H, Takaya H, Hanada S et al. Diagnostic efficacy of CT-guided transthoracic needle biopsy and fine needle aspiration in cases of pulmonary infectious disease.
Jpn J Radiol. 2012 Aug;30(7):589-593

Kim GR, Hur J, Lee SM et al. CT fluoroscopy-guided lung biopsy versus conventional CT-guided lung biopsy: a prospective controlled study to assess radiation doses and diagnostic performance.
Eur Radiol. 2011;21:232-239

Rizzo S, Preda L, Raimondi S et al. Risk factors for complications of CT-guided lung biopsies.
Radiol Med. 2011 Jun;116(4):548-563

Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy
Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy

Ahrar K, Gupta S
Springer 2014
Table of Contents
CT-Guided Biopsy
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CT- and MR-Guided Interventions in Radiology
CT- and MR-Guided Interventions in Radiology

Mahnken AH, Wilhelm KE, Ricke J
Springer 2013
Table of Contents
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Interventional Radiology Procedures in Biopsy and Drainage
Interventional Radiology Procedures in Biopsy and Drainage

Gervais DA, Sabharwal T
Springer 2011
Table of Contents
Chest Biopsy
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Incidental finding on head CT
Woman, 36 years old

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Dyspnea during exercise and cardiovascular risk factors
Man, 59 years old

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Progressive dyspnea and murmur
Woman, 52 years old

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