Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) of the Breast

Biopsies are the only definitive way to confirm if breast tissue is benign or cancerous. Abnormalities are examined further by having a sample of tissue, cells or fluid extracted for evaluation in a laboratory. We may perform this by vacuum assisted biopsy, core biopsy or fine needle aspiration.

A local anesthetic will first be administered to numb the area. During the procedure, a very thin needle is inserted into the breast with a syringe to remove fluid from a cyst within the breast. The fluid is then sent to a lab
for analysis.