Fine needle aspiration is a type of biopsy procedure. It is a simple, safe, and less painful way to diagnose masses or tumors.
It uses a thin needle, much smaller than the needles used to draw blood, to take a very small sample of cells.
A FNA biopsy can be done with or without the use of an ultrasound, depending on where the area is located in the body. This helps to locate the right area for the sample collection.
In fine needle aspiration, a thin needle is inserted into an area of abnormal-looking tissue or body fluid.
Fine needle aspiration can help make a diagnosis or rule out conditions such as cancer
Which areas can a FNA be performed?
What Are the Benefits of Having a FNA?
The procedure is less invasive than a core needle biopsy and the chance of infection or bruising is very small.
If the lump was not thought to be cancer before the fine needle aspiration and the test result is benign (not cancer), you will not likely need a surgical biopsy.
How Are Results Reported?
When the procedure is completed, the pathologist may contact the referring clinician with a preliminary result. Final results are generally shared with the referring doctor within three to five business days. Referring clinicians deliver results to patients and talk to them about next steps.
What should you take to your FNA appointment?
Referral form from your primary physician
Your sonogram report and imaging, if available
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