I recently aspirated a solitary thyroid nodule from a 40-year-old female.
I got these aspirates smeared on a glass slide.
The aspirates look like colloid gel which are suggestive of colloid nodule.
The official needle biopsy report showed colloid nodule.
Anyway, what I want to point out here is the gross evaluation of the aspirates after a needle aspiration. This is the first part of the needle aspiration of the lump which is often not done. The second part is the biopsy. Using pattern recognition and prevalence, oftentimes, one can make a diagnosis out of the gross aspirates.
Thus, I call the procedure “needle evaluation and aspiration biopsy” and not “fine-needle aspiration biopsy.”