Imaging of the neck with an Ultrasound, MRI or CT scan helps to identify the extent of the tumor and involvement of surrounding structures.
Fine needle aspiration biopsy can be used to determine whether the growth is benign or 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 are usually taken to ensure an accurate analysis. Fine needle aspiration biopsy is carried out in the office by Dr. Zadeh. The samples of cells are then sent to a pathologist for evaluation.
Partial or complete excision of the tumor is also often performed to diagnose the nature of the tumor. If the tumor is benign, complete excision of the tumor not only provides for the diagnosis, but is also the treatment.