Biopsies using ultrasound fusion imaging to identify bone and soft tissue cancers are safe, effective and as accurate as conventional biopsy methods, according to a new study from Henry Ford Hospital researchers.
For the study, researchers enrolled 44 patients who were randomised to receive either ultrasound fusion biopsy or CT biopsy.
Researchers also analysed aspects such as time and ease of obtaining the biopsy and outcomes.
The study results showed that the accuracy of ultrasound fusion biopsy was 93%, compared to 90% for CT biopsy.
The results also showed that the ultrasound fusion biopsy was as safe and effective as the CT biopsy.
Ultrasound fusion combines real-time ultrasound images with previously acquired CT or MRI scans, providing high resolution, life-like imaging to identify the area for biopsy.
The study was funded by Henry Ford Hospital and GE Healthcare.