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.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Interpreting Test Results transcript.
Jan 29, 2015 - Core needle biopsy is a more sensitive tool than fine-needle aspiration cytology for cervical lymphadenopathy evaluation, according to a study published in the February issue of Head & Neck.