Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) is a simple, quick and inexpensive method that is used to sample superficial and deep seated masses. It causes minimal trauma to the patient and carries virtually no risk of complications.
FNAC need not be confined to the hospital environment and may be performed almost anywhere, provided the basic conditions of safety are satisfied.
An FNAC clinic room requires a receiving area, an examination couch/bed or a chair with adjustable back rest with access from both sides, writing desk with computer and printer, work surface, a microscope with or without camera, a sink, an examination tray for instruments, staining area, slide drawer cabinets, cabinets for reagents, supplies, result folders, and good lighting and air conditioning.
The duration and frequency of an FNAC clinic is variable and depends on demand. The quick turn-around time of this method allows patients to return to their primary physician within 30 minutes to an hour.
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