Diagnostic terminology and morphologic criteria for cytologic diagnosis of thyroid lesions: A synopsis of the National Cancer Institute Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference


  • The following medical societies are cosponsors of the NCI Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference and Website: The American Cancer Society; College of American Pathologists; The American Society for Clinical Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Oncology; La Societe Francaise de Cytologie Clinique; The American Society of Cytopathology; The Papanicoloau Society of Cytopathology; The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons; The American Thyroid Association; The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound; The American College of Radiology; National Comprehensive Cancer Network; The American College of Endocrinology.

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored the NCI Thyroid Fine-needle Aspiration (FNA) State of the Science Conference on October 22–23, 2007 in Bethesda, MD. The two-day meeting was accompanied by a permanent informational website and several on-line discussion periods between May 1 and December 15, 2007 (http://thyroidfna.cancer.gov). This document summarizes matters regarding diagnostic terminology/classification scheme for thyroid FNA interpretation and cytomorphologic criteria for the diagnosis of various benign and malignant thyroid lesions. (http://thyroidfna.cancer.gov/pages/info/agenda/). Diagn. Cytopathol. 2008;36:425–437. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.