Percutaneous Biopsies in Children



According to the Society of Interventional Radiology Standards of Practice Committee, image-guided percutaneous biopsy is defined as placement of a needle or needles into a suspected abnormal target site for the purpose of obtaining tissue or cells for diagnosis (J Vasc Interv Radiol 21(7):969–975, 2010). In contrast to the adult clinical setting, image-guided biopsies in the pediatric population have not yet reached a full level of acceptance (Radiology 256(3):751–758, 2010). One of the main differences is the need for general sedation in most of the patients, this as childhood oncology has a peak in the young pediatric population. Of all cases of childhood cancer under the age of 15 years, approximately 50 % are diagnosed below the age of 5 years (Cancer in children: clinical management, New York, pp. 1–16). In children, in contrast to adults, hematological malignancies and tumors of the central nervous system account for the majority of all cancers.


Fine Needle Aspiration Core Needle Biopsy Surgical Biopsy Percutaneous Biopsy Preprocedural Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Emma Children’s HospitalAcademic Medical Center AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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