My friend is a 41 y/o white male who recently found a lump on his neck.
His Dr. thinks its a thyroid mass, isn't terribly worried but of course is sending him out for more tests. The thing is, I haven't heard anything said about biopsy or aspiration, just imaging (CT or MRI). Isn't biopsy or aspiration more definitive than the imaging? What kind of study can you do with images that you can't better do with actual cells? Plus, isn't imaging more expensive? Especially if you have to go back & do biopsy or removal anyway? He has insurance but the lab deductible is $1700. Is there a chance I'm misunderstanding the situation & the call for imaging is actually to assist FNA?