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PETROGLYPH FNA CLINIC

FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION


Cytopathologists are physicians who have specialized in studying disease at a cellular level.fna clinic front desk  Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a type of biopsy procedure.

It was first used in 1847 to evaluate a neck mass. A resurgence of the technique occurred in the 1950s when physicians in Sweden routinely used FNA for examining lesions in the neck with excellent results. Since then, FNA has become a widely accepted, safe and cost-effective procedure in the diagnosis of lumps and bumps.  

Use of technique requires a familiarity with general anatomy, an ability to take a focused but thorough patient history, sharp skills in performing a physical examination, the ability to cut (not aspirate) material into the biopsy needle, the ability to handle the specimen appropriately, and knowledge of cytopathology so that the specimen can be interpreted. Many different physician specialties perform FNA. However, the only specialty who examines the patient, performs the procedure, prepares the specimen, and interprets the cytology is the Cytopathologist.

Preliminary evaluation at the Petroglyph FNA Clinic is performed on-site. This allows adequacy evaluation and for additional specimen to be obtained for ancillary studies (flow cytometry, culture, immunocytochemistry, molecular analysis). In addition, preliminary results can be provided to you, the patient, thereby alleviating the anxiety of the unknown.


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