Needle Aspiration Cytology
CPT CODE: 88121, 88172, 88173, 33305
SYNONYMS: Fine needle aspiration, FNA, needle aspiration biopsy
TEST INCLUDES: Specimen preparation and cytologic evaluation. Ancillary studies available on request.
SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT: Specimen smears prepared by technologist at the patient's side.
TESTING SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 16:30. Turnaround time: Preliminary results, 1 hour; final report next working day.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Needle aspiration smears are prepared with the assistance of a cytotechnologist. Call the Cytology Laboratory (924-2770) for scheduling procedures.
REFERENCE INTERVAL: Normal cells.