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FNA (also referred to as fine needle biopsy) can be used to assess problems with a patient’s thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland located in the front of the neck that produces hormones to control metabolism.

When an abnormality is found in the thyroid gland, FNA is commonly ordered by doctors to diagnose the problem. Fine needle biopsy is also used to determine the nature of a lump, nodule, or when general swelling occurs in the area. CT scans and ultrasounds can also reveal an abnormality in the thyroid.

Thyroid nodules are fairly common in adults, are more common in women, may run in families, and may be seen in patients with previous radiation exposure. In cases when cancer does occur, the rate of recovery is very high. In most cases, surgery eliminates the problem.

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A Less Invasive Option

FNA is a less invasive option for patients than a surgical biopsy. Historically, patients have undergone surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland to get an accurate diagnosis – however, in the majority of these cases, the thyroid nodules are benign. Fine needle biopsy makes it possible to achieve an accurate diagnosis without surgery.

The Procedure

FNA for thyroid testing takes approximately 30 minutes with a total appointment time of approximately 60 minutes. A local anesthetic is used to numb the affected area. An ultrasound helps to locate the nodule and provide images for the doctor performing the procedure. If more than one nodule is present, more than one nodules may be sampled. Pressure and an ice pack may be applied to the area once the needle is withdrawn. Patients are able to eat, drink and return to normal activity immediately following the procedure.


Side effects from a thyroid FNA are generally mild and may include minor swelling, pain, and/or bruising. Typically, any discomfort lasts less than 48 hours. The procedure is low-risk and extremely effective for diagnosis. Additional tests might be ordered to confirm diagnostic findings.


Preliminary results are generally available before you leave the office, and a full diagnostic report is usually available within 48 hours following the thyroid FNA.

DCL Pathology is one of the leading providers of thyroid biopsy using FNA. We provide a comfortable environment for patients who need FNA. If you have received a referral from your doctor or you would like to learn more about the procedure, please contact us today.

I was very anxious about this procedure before I got here. The staff was so compassionate and friendly that I felt at ease. Thank you for being so kind and understanding.

Thank you very much! Quick procedure and everything was explained in great detail! Wonderful staff and Doctor!! Thank you!!

Very informative and open. Very friendly, staff and Doctor!

Everyone was very professional, while at the same time calming and reassuring. Thank you so much!!

Extremely personal, as opposed to “clinical.” So much better than two previous biopsies at a Hospital.

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Indianapolis, IN 46290