Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2011; 15(5): 561-568
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1293501
© Thieme Medical Publishers

Imaging-Guided Biopsy in Musculoskeletal Infections

Sivasubramanian Srinivasan1 , Wilfred C.G. Peh1
  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Alexandra Health, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
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Publication Date:
11 November 2011 (online)


Biopsies may be required in patients suspected to have musculoskeletal infections to confirm the diagnosis and also to identify the causative organism. Imaging-guided biopsies have gained increased acceptance to obtain various types of tissues for diagnosis. Under image guidance, biopsies are done percutaneously, usually under local anesthesia. They are relatively safe, and complications are significantly less compared with open biopsies. In this article, we review the planning, indications, technique, and complications of imaging-guided percutaneous biopsy performed for musculoskeletal infections.


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Wilfred C.G. Peh, M.D. 

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Alexandra Health, 90 Yishun Central, Singapore 768828, Republic of Singapore

Email: [email protected]