FNA is a Safe, Minimally Invasive Method for Retrieving Tissue Samples

DCL Pathology 4FNA (also called a fine needle biopsy) is used to collect abnormal cells from a lump or mass of the body. It is less invasive and risky than surgical biopsy. This simple procedure requires just a short visit clinic setting and patients are able to return to their normal routine immediately following their visit.

How is FNA Performed?

  • Patients are required to do nothing special in advance of their FNA procedure. There are no dietary restrictions. You can eat and drink normally prior to the procedure.  Let your doctor know if you are taking any medications, so he or she can decide if it will interfere with the procedure.
  • During the FNA, patients are awake and alert. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area into which the needle is inserted.
  • Once the needle is inserted into the affected area, a small amount of tissue is removed. Fine needle biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsies.
  • In some cases, an ultrasound-guided biopsy might be necessary. When the affected area is located, ultrasound images are used to guide the needle to the correct location. There are no additional concerns about discomfort or side effects when ultrasound is used.
  • Multiple samples may be collected, each taking approximately 10 to 30 seconds to retrieve preliminary results. Additional samples are removed to reduce the chances an additional procedure will be needed.  Once removed, it is examined under the microscope. The entire procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes.
  • Within approximately 15 minutes after the sample is removed, you and the doctor will be able to review preliminary Additional testing is performed to confirm the initial findings. During the review, the doctor may also discuss follow-up testing and procedures and go over post-biopsy instructions. Your entire appointment will typically last about an hour.
  • Most patients who undergo FNA are able to return to normal activities immediately. The doctor might recommend using an over-the-counter pain reliever to deal with any mild discomfort from bruising that occurs after the procedure.

DCL Pathology is one of the leading providers of FNA and ultrasound-guided biopsy. We provide a comfortable environment for patients to undergo testing. If you have received a referral from your doctor or you are looking for more information about this procedure, please contact us.