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Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology

Ordering information:

A Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) attendance service is provided – prior booking is essential (9895 3477). Cytologists are on site from 9am to 4:00pm at BHH to assist in slide preparation and interpretation. After hours contact the on-call pathologist.

Cerner orderable: Cytology Fine Needle Aspirate


Alternate names:
Aspiration biopsy, FNA, FNAC
Specimen types:
Container types:
Not required
Collection Instructions:

A combination of air dried and wet fixed (spray fixed) monolayered smears is suggested for routine diagnostic purposes.

Coplin jars of 95% ethanol for fixation, slides and slide holders are available from pathology by calling 3477.

Needle rinse for cell block requires RPMI.

Result Turnaround Time:
72 hours

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