CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2023; 33(04): 541-542
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1768642
Technical Report

Piggyback Technique—A Safe Way of Performing Rib Biopsy

Rajesh Botchu
1   Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom
1   Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom
2   Department of Radiology, Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi, India
Bhuvan Botchu
3   Solihull Secondary School, Solihull, United Kingdom
4   Department of Orthopaedics, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Southport, United Kingdom
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Funding None.


Rib biopsy can be challenging. A spectrum of bone biopsy techniques are available to undertake Rib Bone biopsy and yield a histological specimen. In this technical report, we described a new Piggyback technique of performing rib biopsy to decrease the incidence of pneumothorax and consolidate diagnostic accuracy.


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06. Mai 2023

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