Fine-needle aspiration biopsy: are there any risks?

  • Edward H. Smith


The field of diagnostic radiology has recently witnessed an extraordinary technologic explosion with ultrasound, computerized tomography, digital vascular imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance added to the diagnostic medical armamentarium. Despite these major advances the need for tissue verification of a suspected lesion is still required before definitive, often radical, therapy is begun. Because of its simplicity, speed, low cost and, above all, its apparent safety, fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNABx) has increasingly become the method of choice to establish the cytologic diagnosis of a pathologic process in the abdomen and elsewhere in the body.


Transitional Cell Carcinoma Aspiration Biopsy Needle Pass Needle Tract Ration Biopsy 
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