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CAP’s Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration (USFNA) Advanced Practical Pathology Program

The CAP’s USFNA Advanced Practical Pathology Program is a new and narrow-focused program focusing on both Thyroid and Breast.

What Participants Are Saying:
    “Enjoyed having time to practice with experts.”
    “The phantoms were neat and really do mimic real patient lumps”
    “Learned several new things including mistakes I was making.”

As a result of completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Before, during, and after the USFNA procedure, provide the appropriate level of patient communication resulting in a successful sampling from the identified lesion(s).

  • Using interview techniques, findings from a physical examination, and past medical histories, correlate evidence to findings in ultrasound.

  • From obtained samples, create a slide smear that includes evenly spread, preserved cells.

  • Understand the basics of ultrasound physics, transducers and ultrasound image patterns such as artifacts.

  • Correctly operate ultrasound equipment to identify neck anatomy and guide a needle into a lesion in a phantom device.

  • From provided images, identify the sonographic criteria, diagnostic status (e.g. benign, malignant, indeterminate) and parts of the lesion to sample.

Upcoming Programs/Course Offerings

2012 - Intensive Workshop

  • March 10–11, 2012
    San Francisco, CA

To apply for the program, please complete and return both the USFNA AP3 Program Application Form (PDF, 1.8 MB) and the Registration Form (PDF, 68 KB).






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