Korean J Radiol.  2017 Feb;18(1):217-237. 10.3348/kjr.2017.18.1.217.

Core Needle Biopsy of the Thyroid: 2016 Consensus Statement and Recommendations from Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology

  • 1Department of Radiology, Human Medical Imaging and Intervention Center, Seoul 06524, Korea.
  • 2Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 05505, Korea. radbaek@naver.com
  • 3Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea.
  • 4Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 03080, Korea.
  • 5Department of Radiology and Thyroid Center, Daerim St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul 07442, Korea.
  • 6Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul 06351, Korea.
  • 7Department of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul 03181, Korea.
  • 8Department of Radiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon 16499, Korea.
  • 9Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul 04401, Korea.
  • 10Department of Radiology, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan 48108, Korea.
  • 11Department of Radiology, Konyang University Hospital, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon 35365, Korea.
  • 12Department of Radiology and Thyroid Center, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul 06973, Korea.
  • 13Department of Radiology, Sharing and Happiness Hospital, Busan 48101, Korea.
  • 14Department of Radiology, Withsim Clinic, Seongnam 13590, Korea.
  • 15Department of Hospital Pathology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea.
  • 16Department of Radiology, Dong-A University Medical Center, Busan 49201, Korea.
  • 17Department of Radiology, Smarton Hospital, Bucheon 14534, Korea.
  • 18Department of Radiology, New Korea Hospital, Kimpo 10086, Korea.


Core needle biopsy (CNB) has been suggested as a complementary diagnostic method to fine-needle aspiration in patients with thyroid nodules. Many recent CNB studies have suggested a more advanced role for CNB, but there are still no guidelines on its use. Therefore, the Task Force Committee of the Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology has developed the present consensus statement and recommendations for the role of CNB in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules. These recommendations are based on evidence from the current literature and expert consensus.


Thyroid; Thyroid nodule; Thyroid neoplasms; FNA; CNB

MeSH Terms

Biopsy, Large-Core Needle/adverse effects/instrumentation/*methods
Image-Guided Biopsy
Patient Care
Republic of Korea
Societies, Medical
Thyroid Neoplasms/diagnostic imaging/*pathology
Thyroid Nodule/diagnostic imaging/pathology
Ultrasonography, Doppler
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