FNA & ULTRASOUND

We provide quick turnaround for fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNA). We also provide diagnostic ultrasound scan evaluations.

QUICK RECOVERY

No anesthesia or hospitalization is required. Patients can return to work immediately after the FNA biopsy.

PHYSICIANS

Susan Rollins, MD, FCAP, FIAC
Janet Stastny, DO, FCAP
Yasmin Elshenawy, MD, FCAP, ECNU

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the Outpatient Cytopathology Center (OCC)

We are an independent medical practice dedicated to the performance and interpretation of ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNA). We also provide diagnostic ultrasound scan evaluation for thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland and cervical lymph node mapping.

Our clinic was established in 1991, one of the first in the United States. It is routinely recognized as one of the world's finest.

FNAs are performed and interpreted by our three board-certified physicians:
Susan Rollins, MD, FCAP, FIAC
Janet Stastny, DO, FCAP
Yasmin Elshenawy, MD, FCAP, ECNU

The physicians and staff at OCC are dedicated to providing patients quality service in a timely and cost effective manner. We offer 24-hour turnaround time with accurate reliable results to our providers.

WHAT IS FNA?

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is a non-surgical procedure by which a sample of tissue is obtained by placing a very fine gauge needle into the lump for a few seconds to draw out cells for examination under the microscope. The procedure is fast, convenient, safe and well-tolerated by patients. No anesthesia or hospitalization is required. Patients can return to work immediately after the FNA biopsy.

PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

For further information about our services, to learn more about FNA, to see our staff in action or to view a video of an FNA procedure, please explore our website.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. For patients and providers, if you have any other questions, please feel free to call. 

WHY MIGHT YOU NEED AN FNA?

If you or your doctor discover a lump, it is important to determine whether or not it is a tumor—either benign or malignant—and gain information necessary for making a treatment plan.

FNA can be used to obtain tissue samples from the breast, thyroid gland, salivary gland, lymph node, skin, and soft tissues.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR YOUR BIOPSY?

You will be asked questions about the history of your lump. If you bring X-rays or other reports from your doctor, they will be reviewed prior to your aspiration biopsy.

Depending on the location and size of the lump, separate samples may be drawn in order to ensure good representation of the lump. Anesthesia is not necessary, but topical analgesia is available.

HOW WILL YOU FEEL FOLLOWING YOUR BIOPSY?

Most people experience no more discomfort than when they have a routine blood test. Following the procedure, you can continue your regular activities the same day.

When FNA is performed by an experienced physician, complications are very rare.

Occasionally, patients report bruising or tenderness over the biopsy area, but this is usually mild and resolves quickly.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ASPIRATION BIOPSY?

A diagnosis can be established for approximately 90-95% of patients. Although results may prove inconclusive in the other 5-10%, some potentially useful information about the lump will be available to your doctor.

Rarely, repeat aspiration may be needed if the lump is not adequately sampled due to its size or location.

HOW ARE THE RESULTS REPORTED?

The tissue will be examined under the microscope, and you and your physician will be notified of the preliminary results the same day.

REGISTRATION FORMS

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