A fine needle biopsy/aspiration is used when more information is required about the significance of a lump or group of lumps within an area identified by a previous radiological examination.

A fine needle is inserted into the area to obtain tissue samples for Pathology testing. Some local anesthetic will be injected in the skin before the needle is inserted. Following insertion, the needle will be guided into position using Ultrasound or CT to ensure the needle is in the correct position to obtain the tissue sample. This may be repeated two or three times to ensure adequate sample is obtained for pathology testing.

The tissue sample is sent to the pathology lab for evaluation. You may receive an invoice later from pathology service provider.


You will need to make an appointment for this examination. There is no specific preparation and you may eat and drink, as you desire before and after the procedure.

If you take Warfarin or other blood thinning agents, notify the booking staff as this may require cessation or blood tests prior to the procedure. You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to the procedure.


A copy of your biopsy report is sent to your referring doctor, directly from the pathology lab. Imaging report is usually available in 24 hours and pathology report in a few days.

You must arrange to see your referring doctor to discuss your report.