Percutaneous bone biopsy. A new application for 3D navigation: A pilot study

M. Citak, D. Kendoff, T. Wanich, A. Pearle, H. Wübben, C. Krettek, T. Hüfner

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Computer Tomography (CT) guided percutaneous bone biopsy has been established as a minimally invasive method for the rapidly obtaining samples from osseous lesions for histological examination. With this method, an overall accuracy of 90% can be obtained without a significant radiation exposure. The aim of this study was to develop a navigated sleeve for the Jamshidi needle in order to perform navigated, percutaneous bone biopsies with the help of Iso-C-3D. Utilizing this navigated biopsy needle, the procedure was analyzed for several parameters including precision, total operating time, and level of radiation exposure. By using the Iso-C-3D navigation the total operating time was 11.7 min (8-14.3) and radiation exposure was 1.6 (0.67-2.12 min). This study demonstrates that navigated percutaneous bone biopsies can be obtained fast and with low radiation exposure. The feasibility of Iso-C-3D navigated bone biopsies is tempered by the requirement a rigidly fixed dynamic reference frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalTechnology and Health Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 13 2007



  • Accuracy
  • Biopsy
  • CAOS
  • ISO C 3D
  • Navigation
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Information Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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Citak, M., Kendoff, D., Wanich, T., Pearle, A., Wübben, H., Krettek, C., & Hüfner, T. (2007). Percutaneous bone biopsy. A new application for 3D navigation: A pilot study. Technology and Health Care, 15(4), 231-236.