European Spine Journal

, 18:1986

Percutaneous approach to the upper thoracic spine: optimal patient positioning

  • Edward Bayley
  • Jonathan Clamp
  • Bronek M. Boszczyk
Ideas and Technical Innovations

DOI: 10.1007/s00586-009-1075-9

Cite this article as:
Bayley, E., Clamp, J. & Boszczyk, B.M. Eur Spine J (2009) 18: 1986. doi:10.1007/s00586-009-1075-9

Abstract

Percutaneous access to the upper thoracic vertebrae under fluoroscopic guidance is challenging. We describe our positioning technique facilitating optimal visualisation of the high thoracic vertebrae in the prone position. This allows safe practice of kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty and biopsy throughout the upper thoracic spine.

Keywords

Percutaneous Thoracic spine Costovertebral 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Bayley
    • 1
  • Jonathan Clamp
    • 1
  • Bronek M. Boszczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Spinal Studies and SurgeryQueen’s Medical CentreNottinghamUK

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