Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is the reference diagnostic tool in patients with thyroid nodules. Because the true diagnosis is based on histopathologic findings, the final diagnosis of nodules not operated on is postponed, impacting the cost. We aimed to determine the cost of FNAC by taking account of diagnostic mistakes, failures, and follow-up of patients who did not have surgery.
BORGET, I., VIELH, P., LEBOULLEUX, S., ALLYN, M., IACOBELLI, S. and DE POUVOURVILLE, G. (2008). Assessment of the Cost of Fine-needle Aspiration Cytology as a Diagnostic Tool in Patients with Thyroid Nodules. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 129(5), pp. 763-771.