The Harley Street Breast Clinic

Routine and rapid breast screening with same-day diagnosis, advice and treatments for all breast problems.

3rd Floor, 148 Harley Street, London, W1G 7LG

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC)

This type of breast biopsy uses a very fine needle of a similar size or thinner than that used for taking blood.

A fine needle biopsy (FNAC) works by obtaining single breast cells, or small clusters of cells, which can be easily examined by our Consultant Breast Pathologist. The test often yields just a drop of fluid which is immediately spread onto a glass slide and examined under a microscope.

The fine needle test is very quick and is usually not more uncomfortable than having a blood test. We do not usually use any local anaesthetic as the local anaesthetic itself has to be injected and often stings more than the FNAC test itself.

Contact our Breast Care Team

If you would like to book an appointment or if you are a doctor who would like to refer a patient then please call our Breast Care Team on +44 (0)20 7908 6071 or email us here.