Breast Biopsy or Needle Biopsy
If a breast examination or mammogram shows a cyst or lump or if a lump is found on the thyroid gland (which is near the throat, just under the Adam’s apple), your doctor may request a fine needle biopsy, also known as fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC).
During this procedure, a doctor uses a very fine narrow needle to remove fluid from a cyst or clusters of cells from a mass, so they can be examined under a microscope. This technique is considered minimally invasive and allows for very rapid diagnosis. As well, there is no scarring or stitches and no recovery period is required.