Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Thyroid
Arizona Endocrinology Center employs the latest in medical technologies including the Toshiba Nemio 20 Ultrasound Machine. All of our physicians are trained in ultrasound technique and ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration biopsies.
During a fine needle aspiration biopsy of the thyroid, a small sample of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just above the neckline and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue.
Nodules or abnormalities in the body are often detected by imaging examinations. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a nodule is benign (non-cancerous) or cancerous.
A needle biopsy, also called a needle aspiration, involves removing some cells—in a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle—from a suspicious area within the body and examining them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.