Magnetic resonance image-guided biopsy and aspiration

Jonathan S. Lewin, Sherif Gamal Nour, Jeffrey L. Duerk

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Recent advances in magnet design and magnetic resonance (MR) system technology coupled with the development of fast gradient-echo pulse sequences have contributed to the increasing interest in interventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic image-based intervention can now be performed under near real-time MR guidance, taking advantage of the high tissue contrast, spatial resolution, vascular conspicuity and multiplanar capabilities of MRI to achieve safe and precise needle placement. This is particularly advantageous for needle navigation in regions of complex anatomy, such as the suprahyoid neck. This article discusses the theoretical concepts and clinical applications of MR for guidance for biopsy and aspiration, and highlights the technical developments that provide the foundation for interventional MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalTopics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspiration
  • Image-guided biopsy
  • Intervention
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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