Journal article

Choice of biopsy devices for post-mortem CT-guided biopsy

Samantha Higgins, Sarah Parsons, Noel Woodford, Christopher Briggs, David Cauchi, Chris O'Donnell

JOURNAL OF FORENSIC RADIOLOGY AND IMAGING | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2016

Abstract

Aim: To assess technical features of multiple biopsy devices for post-mortem CT-guided biopsy (PMCTB). Methods: Five different BARD® clinical biopsy devices, including spring-loaded and vacuum-assisted, were used to perform percutaneous biopsy of the liver in a deceased person using the largest gauge needle size available in each. A standard co-axial biopsy technique was used for all devices except SenoRX®. Specimens were placed on sponge in cassettes for initial fixation and then processed using routine histological techniques. The devices were assessed by a team consisting of a forensic technician, forensic radiologist and two forensic pathologists (one blinded to the type of device used)...

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