Fine-Needle Biopsy of Superficial and Deep Masses

Interventional Approach and Interpretation Methodology by Pattern Recognition

  • Giorgio Gherardi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 1-16
  3. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 17-49
  4. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 51-84
  5. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 85-112
  6. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 139-172
  7. Giorgio Gherardi
    Pages 173-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-207

About this book


Needle biopsy is a simple, reliable, inexpensive, well-tolerated, and minimally invasive procedure for the diagnosis of tumors, both in superficial and in deep sites. Today, following the shift to a more conservative approach to tumor treatment, and in this era of "tailored" or "targeted" oncological therapies, the use of needle biopsy in the diagnosis of neoplasia, at all phases of the disease, is expected to increase dramatically. The efficacy of this technique is, however, strongly influenced by the experience of the physician performing the technique and by the pathologist’s ability to interpret the results derived from the minimal cellular harvest. The aim of this volume is to provide all of the information and insight needed to obtain a correct diagnosis based on needle biopsy evaluation. In a problem-oriented approach, the author describes the optimal interventional maneuver and biopsy-sample triage for all types of lesions. The reader is then guided through the interpretation of all possible cytological findings based on a pattern-analysis methodology. The integration of this information with clinical and preanalytical data is the best approach to obtain a correct diagnosis.


Cytological diagnosis Tumor biopsy diagnosis fine-needel biopsy interventional radiology pattern analysis tumor diagnosis

Authors and affiliations

  • Giorgio Gherardi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Anatomic Pathology and CytopathologyFatebenefratelli HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Postgraduate School of Anatomic PathologyUniversity of MilanItaly

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