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JPTM > Volume 51(6); 2017 > Article
Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2017;51(6): 560-564.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2017.09.20
Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration in Taiwan: The History and Current Practice
Jen-Fan Hang1,2, Chih-Yi Hsu1,2, Chiung-Ru Lai1,2
1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
2School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Corresponding Author: Chiung-Ru Lai ,Tel: +886-2-2875-7451, Fax: +886-2-2873-7052, Email: crlai@vghtpe.gov.tw
Received: September 12, 2017;  Accepted: September 20, 2017.  Published online: October 18, 2017.
ABSTRACT
In Taiwan, thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine gland malignancy and the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased four-fold in the past two decades. Fine-needle aspiration is an accurate and cost-effective method of evaluating thyroid nodules and has been the gold-standard diagnostic tool for thyroid tumors in Taiwan since the 1980s. This article reviews the history, current practice, reporting systems, training, and quality assurance for thyroid fine-needle aspiration cytology in Taiwan.
Key Words: Thyroid; Biopsy, fine-needle; Cytology; Taiwan