Technical note: CT-guided biopsy: A new diagnostic method for paleopathological research
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 117, Issue 3, pages 272–275, March 2002
How to Cite
Rühli, F. J., Hodler, J. and Böni, T. (2002), Technical note: CT-guided biopsy: A new diagnostic method for paleopathological research. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 117: 272–275. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20003
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2002
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2001
- Manuscript Received: 14 DEC 2000
- bone lesion;
- computed tomography;
- Egyptian mummy;
- percutaneous biopsy;
The aim of this paper was to demonstrate the application of computerized tomographic (CT)-guided biopsy in a paleopathological examination. Researchers dealing with such special tasks should be aware of this method. We performed a CT-guided percutaneous biopsy of an ancient Egyptian child mummy, which allowed us to revise its initial diagnosis.
Based on this experience, extended preinterventional planning and the choice of equipment (needle type) preferred by performing radiologists are strongly recom- mended, since they will influence diagnostic outcome. Easy documentation, suitable approaches according to the object's condition, and a reliable anatomical orientation without superposition effects during the procedure are some of the advantages of this method. It its already widely established in clinical practice. This technique is recommended for future tissue-sampling of human paleopathologic remains like mummies that are still wrapped within their original bandages, or any small bone lesion of unclear etiology. Am J Phys Anthropol 117:272–275, 2002. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.