Radiologists investigate learning curve for performing CT-guided thoracic biopsies

Aug 22, 2021 Radiology Updates

Radiologists need at least 32 CT-guided needle biopsies under their belts before they can accurately assess thoracic nodules, according to research.

CT-directed percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsies are commonly used to assess pulmonary abnormalities, yet current guidelines say little about how many training procedures are required before becoming proficient or how to assess radiologists’ performance.

Radiologists continued to learn even after reaching acceptable diagnostic performance levels, indicating check-ins may be needed well beyond training periods.

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