Ultrasound-Guided FNA – What is a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
To practice, doctors need 7-12 years of training. Specialists such as Dr. Nadelman acquire additional skills with even more training, such as cytopathology. In cytopathology, a biopsy doctor learns to take a biopsy, which requires evaluating microscopic tissue pieces to determine if a lump is cancerous. A board-certified cytopathologist receives additional training in performing and interpreting a fine needle aspiration biopsy. An FNA doctor must pass an exam and complete ongoing continuing education to maintain board certification.
Dr. Nadelman can perform and interpret fine needle aspiration biopsies, which leads to a more accurate diagnosis. When non-cytopathology doctors perform FNAs, the tissue is considered inadequate, improperly fixed, or too thick to evaluate. The patient may need to return for a repeat biopsy. Moreover, only a cytopathologist can immediately look at the tissue under the microscope while the patient waits. The specialist uses an ultrasound to determine the lump’s exact location to obtain a good sample while minimizing tissue trauma.
If you have a lump and are concerned it might be cancer; you may need a biopsy. If so, a specialist certified in cytopathology is the optimal choice. A specialist can perform the fastest, most accurate test for malignancy using minimally invasive techniques. The procedure is cost-effective and offers quick, often same-day results.
FNA Benefits vs. Surgical Biopsy
Cells can be obtained with surgical biopsies or FNAs. A surgical biopsy is a surgical procedure. It may require anesthesia and can cause tissue trauma and bleeding, which means it takes more time to recover.
If you are looking for surgical biopsy alternatives, a fine needle aspiration biopsy is a good choice. To determine whether a lump is malignant, cancerous cells from the area must be examined under a microscope. Compared to a traditional biopsy, FNAs are faster, can be performed in a doctor’s office, are less expensive, and cause less tissue trauma than a cancer biopsy. A fine needle aspiration biopsy is done with a very thin needle. The appointment can be made quickly, the procedure is much less uncomfortable, and there’s less risk of bleeding or trauma to the tissue.
Fine needle aspiration was once the preferred method used to diagnose breast and other cancers. Unfortunately, too many diagnoses were inaccurate. The primary reason was that doctors were not adequately trained in fine needle aspiration biopsy. One study found that physicians without formal training in FNAs missed up to 25 percent of cancers. Formally trained physicians missed only two percent. As with any technical medical skill, knowledge, experience, and practice make FNAs accurate and valuable.