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Old 01-02-2013, 12:18 AM
 
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Hi all

Just wondering what is the correct and acceptable standard when performing Thyroid(FNA), I just got it done today and have a few question, my radiologist didn't use the plunger when he was performing FNA, he simply used needle only with no plunger?.

I thought whole point of FN(A) is aspiration?. Is that the shortcut method he used? if not please let me know.

I am in Australia BTW.

Cheers
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:17 AM
 
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I've had two (or three) here in the U.S.

Always a needle.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Hi all

Just wondering what is the correct and acceptable standard when performing Thyroid(FNA), I just got it done today and have a few question, my radiologist didn't use the plunger when he was performing FNA, he simply used needle only with no plunger?.

I thought whole point of FN(A) is aspiration?. Is that the shortcut method he used? if not please let me know.

I am in Australia BTW.

Cheers
G'Day, Bloke!

You may have had a core biopsy rather than a fine needle aspiration. The aspiration gets loose cells that are examined much like a woman's Pap smear. The core biopsy actually gets a sliver of tissue. the core is a bigger sample and for some docs a little easier to do.

The core is done with a spring loaded device that looks like a needle with a little boxy device on the end that fits in the hand. No syringe.

Cheers to you, too!

Suzy Q
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