A novel technique for retrieval of a broken biopsy needle

Walker Asprey, Grace Knuttinen, Jeremiah R. Long, Michael Fox, Jonathan Flug, Jeffrey P. Mayer, Adam J. Schwartz

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A broken needle is a rare complication of bone biopsy. We describe an easily applied technique of retrieval of a retained biopsy needle fragment using a cannulated drill typically used for internal fixation of femoral neck fractures. This approach allows for removal under moderate conscious sedation and can be performed by a radiologist using fluoroscopic or CT-fluoroscopic guidance in the radiology suite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • Ablation
  • Bone biopsy
  • Broken needle
  • Hardware removal
  • Needle removal
  • Radiofrequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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