Surgeon-performed ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules is cost effective and efficient: evaluation of thyroid nodule assessment in a provincial New Zealand hospital.

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Summary of "Surgeon-performed ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules is cost effective and efficient: evaluation of thyroid nodule assessment in a provincial New Zealand hospital."

Surgeon-performed ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (US-FNAC) and radiologist-performed US-FNAC are both accepted forms of thyroid nodule assessment. To date there have been no studies comparing cost of evaluation between these two models. The aim of this study is to compare surgeon-performed thyroid US-FNAC to radiologist-performed US-FNAC. The primary outcome of interest was cost of surgeon-performed US-FNAC compared to cost of radiologist-performed US-FNAC. Secondary outcome of interest was time to treatment decision.


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Name: The New Zealand medical journal
ISSN: 1175-8716
Pages: 60-65


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