US is the most common imaging modality used to guide abdominopelvic interventions, in part due to its ability to obtain real-time imaging guidance, provide flexibility for the biopsy approach, and its lack of ionizing radiation.
Educational Goals / Teaching Points
We highlight practical methods to optimize US guided biopsy techniques. These include probe selection, needle technique, and ways to increase quality and yield of biopsy samples.
We also discuss the utility of color Doppler and contrast enhanced ultrasound for augmented lesion visualization, differentiating solid from cystic components, and optimizing target selection.
Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
US Guided Biopsy Safety and Efficacy
By becoming familiar with these techniques, we hope that we can improve safety and speed with which we perform US guided biopsies while reducing patient morbidity and risk for non-diagnostic biopsy.