Norige, Mark A.
Sullivan, John M.
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
This report describes a novel cell collection device for Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA). FNA is a proven yet physically awkward technique to collect cells from suspect tumors located near or at the skin surface. Cell collection using a common disposable syringe and guided by an ultrasound is a complicated physical task and is prone to error. For this project we designed and tested two different devices; a compressive device and a spring-loaded syringe. The novel and single-handed device simplifies cell collection during a FNA. Based on performance and cost, our completed tests and analysis suggests the compressive device with integrated one-way valve is suitable and less awkward for use in FNA.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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