FNA Biopsy (Fine Needle Aspiration)

Last Modified: January 24, 2012

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Question

What is an FNA?

Answer

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.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Interpreting Test Results transcript.