Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules: a consensus statement by the korean society of thyroid radiology

Korean J Radiol. 2015 Mar-Apr;16(2):391-401. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2015.16.2.391. Epub 2015 Feb 27.


Ultrasound (US)-guided fine needle aspiration (US-FNA) has played a crucial role in managing patients with thyroid nodules, owing to its safety and accuracy. However, even with US guidance, nondiagnostic sampling and infrequent complications still occur after FNA. Accordingly, the Task Force on US-FNA of the Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology has provided consensus recommendations for the US-FNA technique and related issues to improve diagnostic yield. These detailed procedures are based on a comprehensive analysis of the current literature and from the consensus of experts.

Keywords: Fine needle aspiration biopsy; Technique; Thyroid; US.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Fine-Needle / methods*
  • Consensus
  • Fibrinolytic Agents / adverse effects
  • Fibrinolytic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Radiology
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Thyroid Nodule / diagnosis*
  • Thyroid Nodule / diagnostic imaging*
  • Thyroid Nodule / therapy
  • Ultrasonography


  • Fibrinolytic Agents