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CT Guided - FNAC

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  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.

Overview


What is CT Guided - FNAC?

Computed tomography-guided Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (CT guided FNAC) is a pinhole non-invasive diagnostic procedure done to extract cells from the target site and study them under the microscope for validation and diagnosis. Cells from target sites (eg. breast, skin or any soft tissue) are extracted with the use of a fine needle/syringe, which is inserted through the skin under the guidance of CT so that the margin of error is minimised.


The obtained sample of cells is later studied under the microscope by a cytologist. Depending on the structure and the composition of the cells, the cells are classified as either benign or malignant (cancerous). Furthermore, staging of cancer can also be done. So, take the test and prevent the progression of cancer.

Why is CT Guided - FNAC done?

  1. To detect and diagnose cancer in deep seated organs which cannot be accessed with invasive surgical procedures
  2. To evaluate the recurrence of a cancer following therapy and monitor the efficacy of the treatment (chemotherapy) for tumors already diagnosed
  3. To differentiate between benign tumor (localized) and malignant tumor (spreading cancer)
  4. To diagnose breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, colon / rectum cancer, lung cancer, blood cancer, lymph node cancer
  5. To monitor the characterization and progression of the stages of cancer (stage I - stage IV)

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