MR-guided biopsy: A review of current techniques and applications

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Biopsy has become a cornerstone of modern medicine and most modern biopsies are performed percutaneously using image guidance, typically computed tomography or ultrasound. MR-guided biopsy offers many advantages over these more traditional modalities, and the recent development of interventional MR imaging techniques has made MR-guided percutaneous biopsies and aspirations a clinical reality. As the field of MR-guided procedures continues to expand and to attract more attention from radiologists, it is important to understand the concepts, techniques, applications, advantages, and limitations of MR-guided biopsy/percutaneous procedures. Radiologists should also recognize the need for their significant involvement in the technical aspects of MR-guided procedures, since several user-defined parameters can alter device visualization in the MR imaging environment and affect procedure safety. This article reviews the prerequisites, systems, and applications of MR-guided biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-325
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008


  • Abdomen
  • Augmented reality
  • Biopsy
  • Frameless stereotaxy
  • Head and neck
  • Image fusion
  • Imaging system development
  • Interventional magnetic resonance
  • Liver
  • MR guidance
  • MRI
  • Multiplanar imaging
  • Percutaneous therapy
  • Prostate
  • Real-time imaging
  • Sclerotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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