Last Modified: January 24, 2012
What is an FNA?
Christine Hill-Kayser, MD, Radiation Oncologist, responds:
This stands for fine needle aspiration. This is a biopsy method during which a large needle is used to withdraw fluid and cells. The cells are then examined under a microscope to assess whether a cancer is present.
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May 7, 2012 - For patients with diverse pathologies who undergo endoscopic ultrasonography with fine-needle aspiration, adding fluorescence in situ hybridization detection methods to conventional cytology improves the sensitivity of cytology alone for detection of neoplastic lesions, according to a study published in the May issue of Gastroenterology.
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