Preoperative Computed Tomography–guided Hook-wire Localisation of Pulmonary Nodules

G Ho, SHM Wong, LC Cheng

Hong Kong J Radiol 2011;14:56-61

Percutaneous preoperative localisation of breast tumours using a hook-wire needle is a standard radiological practice. The use of a hook-wire in preoperative localisation of pulmonary nodules under computed tomography guidance has also been described in overseas publications. We describe herein our local experience with the use of a hook-wire needle that is primarily used in breast tumours in preoperative computed tomography-guided localisation of small pulmonary nodules, which would have otherwise been difficult to find at surgery.