Address: 27 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 8EN
Tel: 020 7101 3377


Thyroid Biopsy (FNA)

Private thyroid biopsy at our Central London Clinic

At London Private Ultrasound, we offer an ultrasound-guided Thyroid biopsy. The goal of a biopsy is to remove a sample of tissue for testing in a laboratory. A biopsy can help diagnose abnormalities such as benign and malignant thyroid tumors. During your biopsy, our experienced clinicians will use an ultrasound scanner to accurately guide a needle to the site of the biopsy. The needle will then be used to remove a tissue sample.

Private Thyroid Biopsy

The FNA biopsy is one of our essential services within the Thyroid and neck ultrasound services and allows you to take advantage of expert medical specialists and advanced technological image guidance. The series of Questions and Answers below should provide you with additional information regarding the treatment and any preparations required, however, should you wish to speak to us at the clinic we would be happy to talk you through the procedure.

Booking your Thyroid Biopsy Clinic

Currently we do not accept online bookings for these appointments, however we are usually able to schedule a time either as an emergency or routine appointment and would encourage you to call one of our experienced clinicians. The links provided allow you to contact us by phone, email or whatsApp. To speak to our clinic, based just a few moments walk from Bond Street tube station, Central London – 0207 101 3377

Thyroid Biopsy Costs and Information:

At the London Private Ultrasound, multiple layers of evaluation are designed to help you avoid invasive tests and surgery whenever possible. Consultation, ultrasound, and FNA can all be performed in a single visit. Initial evaluation of a newly discovered thyroid nodule begins with:
  • Thyroid function tests (laboratory  tests)
  • Neck ultrasound performed by our expert clinicians
An ultrasound is a highly accurate tool to visualize your nodule. There is no associated radiation with ultrasounds and it is non-invasive. Ultrasounds are cost-effective as most patients really don’t need any other imaging because the ultrasounds are the best way to look at the thyroid, all present nodules, and the lymph nodes in the neck.
Not all thyroid nodules need a biopsy. Many thyroid nodules we see in our office, we choose not to biopsy because the ultrasound appearance is so reassuring. That is one way to avoid over-treatment. For example, nodules that appear completely black on the inside (“anechoic”) are purely cystic or filled with fluid. The chance of cancer for a cystic nodule is essentially zero and cystic nodules do not require biopsy. Some guidelines will help your clinician determine which nodules to biopsy based on their size and how suspicious they look on the ultrasound.
No, Not all nodules are cancerous. Certain factors make a nodule suspicious for thyroid cancer. For example, nodules that do not have smooth borders or have little bright white spots (micro-calcifications) on the ultrasound would make your doctor suspects that there is thyroid cancer present. If the nodule appears suspicious on ultrasound and is larger than 1cm, the next step is to do a thyroid biopsy.
  • A thyroid biopsy also called a fine needle aspiration (FNA), uses a small needle to take a little sample of the cells in the thyroid nodule.
  • You may be given a local anesthetic or a cold, numbing spray. This will only numb the area around the site of the procedure. You will remain fully awake.
  • The clinician will scan you using an ultrasound probe.
  • when the needle is inserted we ask you not to talk or swallow. The doctor often will perform more than one biopsy/needle stick.
  • This biopsy itself usually takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
The possible outcomes from a biopsy are: Non-diagnostic: Non-diagnostic is a technically failed biopsy. There were not enough cells taken during the biopsy so the cytologist was not able to determine anything. These usually need to be repeated. Benign: Most thyroid nodule biopsies come back benign, meaning you can be highly reassured that it’s not cancerous. Patients can almost always avoid surgery unless the nodule is large and pushing on adjacent structures like the airway. Indeterminate:  Indeterminate means there were enough cells taken during the biopsy, but the cytopathologist was not sure if it is benign or malignant. Indeterminate results occur in about 20% of thyroid biopsies. This is a gray zone and means that the risk of cancer is about 10-30%. These nodules require additional workups such as a repeat biopsy, molecular marker test, or surgical removal. • Suspicious for Malignancy or Malignant: Results categorized in these two categories are a strong indicator that there is cancer present and usually require surgical removal.
Patients usually have to wait one week for the cytopathologist to examine the cellular characteristic of the biopsy sample. If your result is reassuring that it’s not cancerous, further workup will be stopped and serial ultrasound surveillance will be recommended usually once a year.
  • You can eat and drink normally before your procedure.
  • Please consult your clinician about stopping your blood thinner medication five days before your ultrasound-guided biopsy.
  • You will need to wear a hospital gown for this procedure, so please wear clothing that you can change easily.
  • You may eat and drink as normal after leaving the center. You do not need to modify your activity level after the procedure. You will be able to drive after your biopsy.
  • The tissue sample will be sent to a laboratory for examination. Results from the test will be sent to us and will be reported to you. It may take up to a week to get the results from the pathology department.
  • Your clinician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
The cost of our FNA Thyroid biopsy is £700 and can be booked online without the need for GP referal. Should you wish to have additional consultations or advice, these can be arranged for you at our Central London Ultrasound clinic - just a few mins walk from Bond Street Tube Station.

To book online select the date and time that suits you best – alternatively, please contact us with any questions via the chat, call or email links provided.

All your Questions Answered on your ultrasound diagnosis
Valerie Redfern
Valerie Redfern
Very pleased with the service I received. The staff were friendly, the appointment ran on time and all my questions were answered in a caring and professional manner. I would recommend the clinic.
Great place for a scan. Went to have ultrasound done - quite last minute and they fitted me in. Easy booking online. Easy to get to. Clean and comfortable. And knowledgeable clinicians. Very happy
Jordi B
Jordi B
My partner went to the clinic to have three different scans today.The doctor was great. He explained the findings while was doing the scans. He gave a lot of advices about the blood tests to perform in order to explore the findings further. The clinic is clean and the prices are really competitive. I highly recommend the clinic.
Collin Cumberland
Collin Cumberland
I am very satisfied with the service I received. I had two appointments, both scheduled at very short notice due to anxiety over symptoms similar to a previous DVT. Two thorough scans and a full explanation of the results put my mind at ease. The professional yet friendly approach of everyone I met made it a stress-free experience for me. Highly recommended.
Chris M
Chris M
I had a good experience with LPU, the premises were simple and there is no fancy waiting room but what you do get is a caring, quality, professional service at a competitive price, which I think really is what most people want. My concerns and questions were answered, my report was clear and the staff were kind and friendly. Would return and would recommend.
Camilla Palazzini
Camilla Palazzini
Today I had a neck and thyroid scan and I was incredibly nervous. However, all the staff was super nice, empathetic and professional and guided me throughout the procedure and immediately shared the results. I definitely felt well taken care of and would recommend this service.
Ahmadreza Selahi
Ahmadreza Selahi
I had an outstanding experience at the London Private Ultrasound clinic. From start to finish, the staff was incredibly professional, friendly, and attentive to my needs. The facility itself was clean, creating a comfortable environment. The ultrasound technician was highly skilled and took the time to explain the procedure, ensuring I felt at ease throughout the entire appointment. I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the clinic, as they promptly delivered my results, providing me with the peace of mind I needed. I can't recommend London Private Ultrasound enough for their top-notch service and exceptional care. If you're looking for a reliable and trustworthy ultrasound clinic in London, this is definitely the place to go! Thank you to the entire team for your excellent service.
darren gerald
darren gerald
Very happy with the service I received. The team were very good and explained the process from start to finish. Made me feel at ease throughout my appointment. I received some very good advice about things I could do to help myself. Altogether a very very pleasant experience. Keep up the good work guys/girls. Would 100% recommend to others.
Related Health Services