A Fine Needle Aspirate is performed by a pathologist, who is a physician specializing in examination and diagnosis of cells and tissue. The procedure provides valuable information to aid in your care.   

The procedure is performed in a sterile manner and involves inserting an extremely thin needle into the target site. Cells are removed and examined under a microscope.  The procedure may be repeated, depending upon what the pathologist finds after the first FNA.

This procedure may not answer all of your doctor’s questions and an additional procedure or procedures may still be necessary for a complete diagnosis.  There is also the possibility of slight bruising at the procedure site or the slight chance of the development of an infection.

The result of the FNA will be sent to your doctor, generally within two working days from the time you have the procedure.  You should make arrangements to talk about the results of the test with your doctor.