Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC): How to prepare slides to assess adequacy
FNAC is a procedure in which a thin needle is inserted into various body sites (breast, thyroid, lung, lymph node, etc.) to collect a sample of cells from the nodule (lump), object of the investigation. Small amount of slides are prepared and later examined under an optical microscope to determine if you have cancer, infection, or any other disease. FNAC is a simple procedure that requires a few minutes to complete.
Sometimes the consultant needs to know in real-time if the amount of material obtained in FNAC procedure is quantitatively and qualitatively adequate for making final cytological diagnosis. If it is inadequate, the FNAC procedure may have immediately repeated, if adequate the results of the cytological analysis will be reported.
Adequacy can ensure the clinician & the patient a final diagnosis of the disease.
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