At Park Avenue Endocrinology, we provide comprehensive results for every aspect of endocrinology, including one of the most important parts of your body, your thyroid. Thyroid Ultrasounds are extremely imperative if you want to maintain a good and healthy Thyroid.
What Is A Thyroid Ultrasound And Why It’s Important For Your Thyroid Health
Ultrasound examination is the most accurate and useful imaging test to detect nodules or lumps within the thyroid gland. Ultrasound procedure uses sound waves to produce images of the thyroid gland and the images can be captured to assess the size, shape, structure and any abnormalities of the thyroid gland.
Accurate measurement of the size of the thyroid nodules can be made using ultrasound imaging. It also assists in the evaluation of the variations in the thyroid tissue such as enlargement caused by goiter and decrease in size caused by inflammation and can differentiate between the solid, fluid-filled or complex type of thyroid nodules.
Why Would I Need A Thyroid Ultrasound?
The reasons for the administration of a thyroid ultrasound are to diagnose dysfunction or suspected abnormalities of the thyroid gland. It may be used to:
- Determine the existence of a goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland
- Assess whether a lump has originated on the thyroid gland or elsewhere
- Determine whether a detected mass is growing
- Differentiate between cysts, filled with fluid, and solid masses
- Help determine whether an abnormal growth may be malignant
The Thyroid Ultrasound Procedure
A thyroid ultrasound is normally administered in an ultrasound room of a physician’s office or in the radiology or ultrasound department of a hospital. During a thyroid ultrasound, the patient lies down with the neck hyperextended. The ultrasound technician places gel on the patient’s neck and rolls a smooth instrument called a transducer over the area. Apart from the possible discomfort of extending the neck more than usual, the procedure is painless.
The transducer generates sound waves that create images of the gland which are projected onto a computer screen. When sound waves make contact with fluid-filled cysts they create different patterns than when they make contact with solid tumors, so the ultrasound procedure is a valuable diagnostic tool.
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What Does A Thyroid Ultrasound Detect?
The role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of thyroid conditions is complex and involves detection of the thyroid and neck masses, distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules, and guidance during fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy and percutaneous treatment.
Duration Of A Thyroid Ultrasound
A typical thyroid ultrasound test takes about 15 minutes.