Histology from aspiration biopsy: Turner needle experience

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1982 Mar;138(3):561-4. doi: 10.2214/ajr.138.3.561.


The 20 gauge Turner biopsy needle was used to obtain both cytologic and histologic specimens during aspiration biopsy. In 42 patients with proven malignancy, a positive reading was obtained in 83% by histology alone and in 90% by histology and cytology combined. Histology yielded positive diagnoses in most patients with false-negative cytology. Histology also provided cell type or tissue origin in most cases. This technique increases the value of aspiration biopsy and also makes it a viable diagnostic tool where cytology services are not available.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Biopsy, Needle*
  • Bone Neoplasms / pathology
  • Cytodiagnosis
  • False Negative Reactions
  • Histological Techniques
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Needles*
  • Neoplasms / pathology*