Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
Instructions for Patients
We require a written referral from a physician to evaluate you for and perform a biopsy, which may be faxed or emailed to us.
We will contact you to schedule your appointment with Dr. Somma within two to three business days of receipt of the referral for biopsy.
Please bring the following on the day of the procedure:
If you have relevant imaging studies which were not performed at Downstate / University Hospital (for example, Ultrasound / Sonogram, CT, MRI, PET, etc.), we need for you to provide us with BOTH the written report and the actual images (preferably on CD) from these studies.
If your physician's office is located outside of University Hospital, please be sure to bring the written referral for biopsy with you as well.
In preparation for your visit, there are generally no specific steps you must take before arriving. For example, you may eat and drink before the procedure. However, if you have any concerns, including perhaps regarding medications like blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, clopidogrel, etc.), we will be happy to discuss these with you before your visit by phone.
We generally begin all visits by registering you in our computer system followed by a brief discussion with Dr. Somma. Biopsies will typically be performed immediately afterwards in the nearby biopsy suite.
Visit times will vary depending on individual patient needs (including the site of, nature of and number of lesions to be biopsied), but they will typically last about 1.5 to 2 hours for most patients.
1. Downstate at Bay Ridge, 9036 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228
The Physicians’ Suites, Second Floor
Follow the ramp down to security and then follow the blue line to the elevators. Go to the second floor and make a right turn out of the elevators. The Physicians’ Suites are on your right.
2. University Hospital of Brooklyn, 445 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Cytopathology, Room A2-411
Please take the main hospital elevators (Lenox Road elevators, which are adjacent to the Gift Shop) to the second floor. Dr. Somma's Cytology office should be immediately apparent upon exiting the elevators (it is located to the right of the wall clock & fire extinguisher).
Please also note that you are ultimately responsible for verification of your insurance coverage for our services including the status of any insurance deductible or other requirements for coverage. Importantly, even when services are covered, some insurers require pre-approval before FNA biopsy (applicable CPT codes include 10021, 10022 and 76942).