Radio frequency ablation of lung metastasis using sonographic guidance

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Sonography has played an important role in guiding interventional procedures within the thorax and has been shown to be very successful in guiding both thoracentesis and empyema drainage within the chest. For other interventional procedures of the thorax, such as percutaneous lung biopsy, fluoroscopy and computed tomography (CT) have been the modalities of choice. However, some biopsies of peripheral pulmonary nodules and mediastinal masses can be performed under sonographic control. Radio frequency ablation (RFA) has been advocated as a method for ablating both primary lung cancers and metastases. In all cases reported to date, CT has been used as the method for guidance of needle placement. We present a case in which it was difficult to perform CT-guided radio frequency needle placement in 2 small pleural-based metastases. In both pulmonary metastases, sonography was used in guiding the initial needle placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1241-1244
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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