Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
Instructions for Patients
We require a written referral from a physician to evaluate you for and perform a biopsy (this referral may be sent electronically if your physician is a Downstate physician).
We will contact you to schedule your appointment with Dr. Somma within a few days of receipt of the request 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 digital) 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, etc.), we will be happy to discuss these with you before your visit by phone.
We generally begin all visits in Dr. Somma's office located in the University Hospital Building, Room A2-411 (see below for directions). There, you will be registered in our computer system and have a brief discussion with Dr. Somma. Biopsies will typically be performed immediately afterwards in the biopsy suite located elsewhere in the building (a short walk).
Please notify us in advance if you have any difficulties walking, in which case we will arrange to meet you directly at the biopsy suite for the entire visit (registration, consultation and the biopsy procedure).
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.
Our office is located at:
University Hospital of Brooklyn
445 Lenox Road (bet. E35th St and E37th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
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). Please contact your insurer in advance of your visit as appropriate.