Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration

Guthrie Otolaryngology provides fine needle aspiration biopsies as a technique to biopsy any bumps or lumps that an incoming patient may have. As is evident in the name, the needle in the procedure is very thin, even thinner than that used for venipuncture, so the process is virtually painless.

When a physician conducts an ultrasound on a patient, they may find a lump, which they may later choose to sample. Fine needle aspiration, also called fine needle biopsy, allows your otolaryngologist to retrieve enough tissue for microscopic analysis and therefore make an accurate diagnosis of a number of problems, such as inflammation or cancer.

When using ultrasound imaging, any mass or lump can not only be found, but can be properly diagnosed, especially when using the ultrasound imaging in conjunction with the FNA.

FNA’s can be used in diagnosis of the following:

  • Thyroid nodules.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Neck cysts.
  • Salivary glands (parotid and submandibular glands).
  • Any lump that can be felt.
  • Masses that are found on imaging tests (such as ultrasound or CT scan) even if they cannot be felt.