FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATIONS (FNA)

An Insight Into Our Wide Range of Services

In the 1980’s, Dr. Guillermo Villarmarzo Garcia, MD, FCAP, within his practice of pathology, showed great interest in the search for safer, more accurate, and less invasive diagnostic methods. This interest led him to investigate what at the time was a relatively new method known as Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) led by sonography. Dr. Villarmarzo received training to develop this technique, and brought this revolutionary procedure to Puerto Rico for the enrichment of diagnostic and preventive medicine. Here he developed his FNA clinics, training several other pathologists to help make this technique more accessible to patients on the island.

Based on the data obtained in these clinics over the years, Dr. Villarmarzo, along with the distinguished faculty of fellow pathologists who form the FNA clinics in HRP Labs, have written several articles in different medical journals about the process. These publications are available on our website www.hrplabs.com/doctors/publications.

Dr. Villarmarzo, with the help of Dr. Miosotis García, have established a strong collaboration with the Division of Endocrinology of the Municipal Hospital of San Juan in the Medical Center of Puerto Rico.  They are currently involved in the education of endocrinology residents.

They have also established a strong collaboration with the Division of Endocrinology of the Municipal Hospital of San Juan in the Medical Center of Puerto Rico.

BREAST NODULES
NECK NODULES
THYROIDS
ANCILLARY TESTS
SALIVARY GLANDS
LYMPH NODES
SUPERFICIAL NODULES
SOFT TISSUE
CULTURES

Frequent questions

WHAT IS A FINE NEEDLE BIOPSY?

During a fine needle biopsy, a small sample of tissue is removed. The needle used is narrow and smaller than the needle used in most blood draws.

SHOULD SOMEBODY ACCOMPANY ME?

It is not necessary. This type of procedure is quick and simple. It does not require sedation, special preparation or hospitalization.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?

Only wear comfortable clothes to easily expose the area to be biopsied. Do not wear clothes that cover the neck area. You may eat before the procedure. In most cases the procedure takes about 10 minutes or less.

WHO WILL PERFORM THE BIOPSY?

A certified pathologist, with his specialized medical team, who has been trained in the procedure.

IS ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT USED?

The ultrasound machine consists of a computer, a monitor and a transducer that is used to make the scan. Ultrasounds are used to guide the needle to the correct location.

Medical Faculty

Dr. Villarmarzo, next to the distinguished faculty of fellow pathologists form the FNA clinics in HRP Labs

FNA Locations

Metro Pavía Clinic
Carr. 199 First Floor
Entry through emergency room

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

Humacao Ryder Memorial Hospital
355 Calle Martelo
Fourth floor

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

Doctor’s Center Clinic
Centro Comercial Plaza Dorada
Carr. 693 Office #24

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

Metropolitan Office Building
Next to Dr. Susoni Hospital
First floor

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

Parra Building
(Next to Damas Hospital)
Dr. Trabanco Office 1006

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

Ashford Hospital
1451 Ave. Ashford, Condado
First floor, Pathology Dept.

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Monday or Friday

Del Maestro Hospital
Domenech Ave. Second floor

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment

HIMA Hospital
100 Ave. Luis Muñoz Marín
Radiology Dept.

T. 787-723-2333
F. 787-724-3166

Through previous appointment