Southern DHB Respiratory Services
Public Service, Respiratory
Fine Needle Aspirate
Depending on what is seen on the CT scan an additional test can be done where a fine needle is inserted into your chest into the cancer and some cells sucked up into the needle. This is done while taking pictures with the CT scanner to guide the doctor as to where to place the needle. Local anesthetic is put into your skin and muscles so that the test is not overly painful. A specialist doctor does this.