Diagnostic image-guided needle biopsy plays a vital role in the work-up and treatment of patients with extremity bone tumors. The radiologist and the orthopedic oncologic surgeon should take a team approach to this procedure, especially when the bone lesion might be a primary sarcoma for which limb-sparing surgery (LSS) would be considered. A set of anatomically based guidelines were developed that can be used by the radiologist, in combination with case-by-case consultation with the surgeon, to plan image-guided core needle biopsies of extremity long bone lesions that may be treatable with LSS. By using these guidelines, along with the aforementioned consultation, the radiologist will be able to preserve the patient's chances of receiving optimal surgical treatment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging