If the diagnosis is still in question, CENTA's Head and Neck Clinic has the tools at hand to get the answers. Our weekly clinic also involves the area's top pathology team who specialize in this part of the body. Dr. Rudy Schwenk, CENTA's cytologist, is a highly respected pathologist who is onsite to perform fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
If the mass in question cannot be easily examined, we can perform the FNA with ultrasound guidance, usually at that same initial visit, and Dr. Schwenk may have the answer for you while you wait. Dr. Schwenk and the tumor clinic team also work closely with Dr. Don-John Summerlin, one of the country's most well-known head & neck and maxillofacial pathologists. Dr. Summerlin is on site to not only review pathology specimens but also provide expertise to the team on oral medicine and tumor biology. And since the work-up of these cancers usually involves radiology testing, we have set up our office building to include a world-class radiology facility, the Meridian North Imaging Center. This facility includes MRI, CT, PET-CT, and fluoroscopy equipment, and involves subspecialty radiologists who are available to review films and studies with us in the clinic.