MR-Guided Biopsy of the Abdomen

  • C. Frahm
  • H.-B. Gehl
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The excellent soft tissue contrast of MRI, its multiplanar imaging capabilities, and detailed delineation of anatomic features gave rise to the concept of MR-guided biopsy. The first attempt to realize this idea was reported by Mueller et al. (1986), who described phantom trials for needle visualization, as well as MR-guided aspiration biopsies of liver masses. Other groups followed with applications in the head and neck, but also in the abdomen, musculoskeletal system, and breast (Lufkin et al. 1987,1988; Lufkin and Layfield 1989; van Sonnenberg et al. 1988; Duckwiler et al. 1989; Pitt et al. 1993; Greenstein Orel et al. 1994). The first specially designed commercially available aspiration biopsy needle was developed and introduced by Lufkin et al. in 1987.


Target Lesion Adrenal Mass Sagittal Slice Needle Position Angle Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Frahm
    • 1
  • H.-B. Gehl
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of RadiologyMedical University of LübeckLübeckGermany

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