Fine Needle Aspiration is a biopsy used to determine whether a growth is cancerous. The biopsy samples the cells in the area of concern, which are then sent to a pathologist for analysis.
During the procedure, a thin needle is inserted through the skin into the tumor to collect a sample of cells. Multiple samples from a single tumor are usually taken to ensure an accurate analysis.
Ultrasound technology can be used to visualize difficult-to-find tumors and guide the placement of the needle.
The procedure is carried out in the office by Dr. Zadeh. The samples of cells are then sent to a pathologist for evaluation. This diagnosis is based on the characteristics of individual cells and patterns in clusters of cells that are different from normal tissue.