Needle types used in abdominal cross-sectional interventional radiology: a survey of the Society of Abdominal Radiology emerging technology commission.
PURPOSE: To identify commonly used needle types in cross-sectional interventional radiology (CSIR) and to review features and safety profiles of those needles. METHODS: Members of the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) emerging technologies commission (ETC) on CSIR were sent a 13-question survey about what needles they use for common CSIR procedures: random and targeted solid organ biopsy, ultrasound-guided paracentesis, and ultrasound-guided thyroid fine needle aspiration (FNA). Results were compiled with descriptive statistics, and features of the most commonly used needles were reviewed. RESULTS: 19 surveys were completed (response rate 57.6%, 19/33) from 16 institutions. For solid organ biopsies, the majority of respondents reported using an 18-gauge needle with an automatic firing mechanism and a variable throw length option. The most commonly used needle for both random and targeted biopsies was the Argon BioPince (26.3%, 5/19) The three most commonly used needles for solid organ biopsies all featured automatic firing, variable throw length options, and 18-gauge size. A 5 French Cook Yueh needle was most the most commonly used paracentesis needle (36.8%, 7/19). For thyroid FNA, all respondents used spinal needles, and 25-gauge was the most common size (72.2%, 13/18). CONCLUSION: Abdominal radiologists use a variety of needles when performing common interventional procedures. Members of the SAR CSIR ETC commonly use automatic, 18-gauge, variable throw length needles for solid organ biopsies, 5 French catheter style needles for paracentesis, and 25-gauge spinal needles for thyroid FNA.
Wildman-Tobriner, B; Ho, LM; Bowman, AW
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