Biopsy of the Spine under CT Control

Chernyakov P., Katz D., Sak B.

Department of Neurosurgery of the Medical Sanitary Hospital Metallurgical Plant of Magnitogorsk, Magnitogorsk, Russia


Biopsy under CT control (BCTC) as a method was introduced in the 80s. Its further evolution was dependent on the following factors:

There were 42 cases (28 males and 14 females), subjected to BCTC. A total number of procedures was 49. BCTC of the lumbar, thoracic, cervical and sacral spine was performed in 26, 4, 6 and 6 cases respectively. It was made in a CT room and in compliance with an algorithm, developed by us. Local anesthesia and an original navigation system were used.

The obtained results were indicative of:

The diagnostic accuracy was as high as 96%. There were no complications.

CT control was characterized by several advantages:

  1. 3-D imaging
  2. Imaging in an axial plane
  3. Possibility of obtaining more profound diagnostic information in comparison with ultrasonic and X-ray examinations.

However, CT control had the following shortcomings:

  1. Absence of an on-line mode
  2. Presence of artifacts in case of high-density neoplasms
  3. Impossibility of reliable interpretation of a CT image during movement, which demanded breath holding in CT examination of thoracic and abdominal cavities
  4. A radiation load on a patient.

Conclusions.BCTC is a highly effective and safe diagnostic method, used in oncologic diseases (1). Its results allow to determine further tactics of treatment in the majority of cases (2).