Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
The FNA biopsy service is run by Dr. Jonathan Somma, the Director of Cytopathology at University Hospital of Brooklyn.
Contact and Insurance Information
Outpatients are currently evaluated and biopsied only at our University Hospital based location:
445 Lenox Rd. (bet. E35th St and E37th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Please note that insurance pre-authorization for the procedure may be required.
Any palpable lesion of concern (these generally measure at least 1 cm in greatest dimension)
Non-palpable, sub-centimeter and other appropriate lesions
(e.g., complex cysts) are biopsied under ultrasound guidance.
Common sites for FNA biopsy include:
Thyroid and salivary glands
Other head & neck lesions
Advantages to Cytopathologist Performed FNA Biopsy
Many of the following advantages stem from the optimized clinical pathologic correlation that results from the same physician evaluating the patient, performing the procedure and reviewing the pathology.
A portion of the biopsy sample is viewed microscopically at the time of biopsy:
Allowing immediate preliminary diagnosis and providing rapid alleviation of patient anxiety.
Allowing appropriate triaging for special studies (e.g., immunostaining, flow cytometry, microbiology, etc.).
Allowing prompt planning or ruling out of subsequent investigative procedures.
Sample is optimally prepared (i.e., smeared, fixed, etc.).
Non-diagnostic / unsatisfactory results are minimized.
Final cytologic diagnosis is more precise.
Management recommendations are tailored for each patient.
General Information and Benefits of FNA Biopsy
FNA biopsy is a fast, exceptionally safe, minimally invasive and highly cost effective procedure similar to routine phlebotomy (i.e., blood draw).
Most lesions for which a biopsy is clinically indicated are amenable to sampling by FNA.
When performed by an experienced physician, FNA biopsy will typically either:
1. Provide reassurance by confirming the benignity of a lesion, or
2. Establish an initial or recurrent pathologic diagnosis.
In the minority of cases for which the FNA biopsy result is inconclusive, patients will be appropriately triaged for either:
1. Close clinical follow up, or
2. Core versus open biopsy.
In fact, there are several advantages to the initial evaluation of lesions by FNA biopsy when compared to core biopsy or open biopsy:
Minimal discomfort during and after procedure
Anesthesia is generally unnecessary
Multiple lesions can be sampled with minimal trauma
Can be performed in high risk (virtually any) patient
Can be performed as an outpatient procedure
May serve as both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for some lesions such as cysts and abscesses
Rapid turnaround time for final diagnosis