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Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy/Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

What is an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy?

During an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy, sound waves are used to help guide the precise placement of a fine needle within the suspicious thyroid nodule so that a tissue sample may be extracted. This process is called Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA). At Fairfax Radiology, this procedure is similar to a blood draw, relatively fast and, through our partnership with Old Dominion Pathology, provides immediate results, resulting in your peace of mind.


Common Questions

  • Why would my physician order an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy?

    If prior imaging tests have uncovered any nodules on your thyroid or your physician suspects any abnormalities of the thyroid, he/she may recommend an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy to test the tissues and determine whether they are benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

  • What can I expect during an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy?

    There is typically no special preparation needed for this procedure. Before the procedure, your neck will be cleansed. An Ultrasound transducer will be placed on your neck over the suspicious thyroid nodule. Using Ultrasound as a guide, the Radiologist will insert a fine needle through your skin into the nodule and extract (aspirate) a sample of tissue. It is important that you remain still during the procedure. If multiple nodules are being tested, this process will be repeated. Once all of the samples have been aspirated, pressure will be applied to the area to stop/prevent bleeding. A bandage will be placed over the area if needed.

  • What can I expect after an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy?

    In most cases, the Pathologist will study the tissues under a microscope and provide immediate results. In some cases, additional testing may be necessary. You should discuss the results with your physician to determine a treatment plan if needed. You will be able to resume your normal activity level after the procedure. The site may be slightly sore for up to two days.

  • Will I need to discontinue my anticoagulant treatment or daily aspirin regimen?

    No, you may continue your treatment as usual.

  • How do I schedule an Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsy with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to make an appointment request

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.


  • When are appointments offered for Image-Guided Thyroid Biopsies?

    For your convenience, appointments are available at our Woodburn Diagnostic Center. Learn more about this location.

Available at the following locations

Reston-Herndon Imaging Center

Reston-Herndon Imaging Center

100 Elden Street
Suite 16 (X-Ray, CT, Fluoro)
Herndon, Virginia 20170

102 Elden Street
Suite 11 (Ultrasound)
Herndon, Virginia 20170

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

3299 Woodburn Road
Suite 110
Annandale, VA 22003
United States