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Barbara D. Florentine, Barry Staymates, Munif Rabadi, John Barstis, Alexander Black and Cancer Committee of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital The reliability of fine-needle aspiration biopsy as the initial diagnostic procedure for palpable masses Cancer 107

Article first published online: 13 JUN 2006 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21976

When fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is performed and interpreted by physician specialists, it is a reliable and clinically useful initial diagnostic test for palpable masses. Until recently, high-quality FNAB services were limited to academic centers in the U.S. However, with an increase in fellowship-trained cytopathologists, community-based specialty FNAB services like that described in this report are becoming more available.

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