FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATIONS (FNA)

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

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

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. HRP Labs specializes in detecting nodules smaller than 0.5 cm. Today these clinics are the most prestigious and recommended by most doctors in 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 Primer piso
Entrada por la sala de emergencias

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

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Humacao Ryder Memorial Hospital
355 Calle Martelo
Cuarto piso

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

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

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

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Metropolitan Office Building
Al lado del Hospital Dr. Susoni
Primer piso

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

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Edificio Parra
(Al lado del Hospital Damas)
Oficina Dr. Trabanco 1006

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

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Hospital Ashford
1451 Ave. Ashford, Condado
Primer piso, Dpto. patología

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

Lunes a Viernes

Hospital del Maestro
Domenech Ave. Segundo piso

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

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Hospital HIMA Caguas
100 Ave. Luis Muñoz Marín
Dpto. de Radiología

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

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