|Awarded On||November 16, 2016|
|Title||Ambient Mass Spectrometry for Preoperative Molecular Diagnosis of Thyroid Fine Needle Aspirate Biopsies|
|Award Mechanism||Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Livia Schiavinato Eberlin|
The incidence of thyroid cancer is one of the most rapidly rising in America. New cancers are being detected in both large and small thyroid nodules. Thyroid nodules are extremely common in the general population and more than 50% of patients will have thyroid nodules detected by ultrasound. Because each thyroid nodule has a potential for malignancy, it is essential to have an efficient way of diagnosing the nodule. Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) biopsy is the standard test used to diagnose malignancy in thyroid nodules. During FNA, a doctor uses an ultrasound machine to guide a small needle (the size of a hair) into a nodule and sample the cells within the thyroid nodule. These cells are then...