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Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)


An ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy uses sound waves to help locate a nodule or abnormality within the thyroid and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. The procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.

Before Your Procedure

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time. (For MRI and nuclear medicine studies, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.)

Bring the following information with you:

  • A signed prescription for an imaging study (unless your doctor’s office has either faxed an order or indicated they entered the order directly into Inova’s electronic medical records system)
  • Insurance card
  • Photo ID (e.g., license, passport)
  • Any previous exam films and reports performed at a non-Inova facility, including X-rays, mammograms, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds
  • Implant card, if applicable

Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is available at:

Inova Partnership Sites

Fairfax Radiology Center of Reston-Herndon

An Inova Partnership
100 Elden St.
Suite 16 (X-ray, CT, Fluoro)
Herndon, VA 20170

102 Elden St.
Suite 11 (Ultrasound)
Herndon, VA 20170

Fax: 703-481-9408

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Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

An Inova Partnership
4 Pidgeon Hill Dr.
Sterling, VA 20165

Phone: 703-450-5800
Fax: 703-450-0495

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Woodburn

An Inova Partnership
3299 Woodburn Rd.
Suite 110
Annandale, VA 22003

Fax: 703-698-4491

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Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke/Radiology Imaging Associates

An Inova Partnership
11335 Pembrooke Square Medical Center
Suites 100, 104, 114 and 116
Waldorf, MD 20603

Fax: 301-870-5327

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