Efficacy of ultrasound‐guided fine‐needle aspiration performed by surgeons newly trained in thyroid ultrasound
ABSTRACT Background There are a growing number of thyroid ultrasound courses to train endocrinologists, pathologists, and surgeons to perform ultrasound‐guided fine‐needle aspiration (FNA). However, there are limited data to support the efficacy of ultrasound‐guided FNA performed by nonradiologists. Methods We compared the efficacy of ultrasound‐guided FNA performed by surgeons newly trained in thyroid ultrasound with that of the same technique performed by 1 experienced radiologist. The ratio of nondiagnostic examinations was used to compare the 2 groups. Results A total of 197 ultrasound‐guided FNAs were performed on 172 women (95.53%) and 8 men (4.47%) over a 12‐month period. The efficacy of ultrasound‐guided FNA did not differ between groups. A nondiagnostic report was found in 23% and 25.7% of the examinations performed by the radiologist and surgeons, respectively. Conclusion The efficacy of ultrasound‐guided FNAs performed by our 2 surgeons was similar to that of our radiologist. ⓒ 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 39: 439–442, 2017
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