Major indications for image guided percutaneous needle biopsy

What are the major indications for image guided percutaneous needle biopsy?

Image-guided percutaneous needle biopsy (IPNB) is an established, effective nonsurgical procedure that is performed in selected patients to obtain a pathologic diagnosis or to guide appropriate patient management. Indications for percutaneous needle biopsy include:

  • • To determine if a lesion is benign or malignant.
  • • To obtain material for microbiological analysis in suspected infection.
  • • To stage disease in patients with known or suspected malignancy.
  • • To obtain material for biomarker, protein, or genotype analysis to subsequently guide targeted therapies in select patients.
  • • To determine the primary cell type in patients with metastatic disease and an unknown primary tumor.
  • • To diagnose certain diffuse parenchymal diseases (e.g., in the liver and kidneys).

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