Ultrasound of the thyroid is ordered if your physician suspects an enlarged thyroid or nodule, if you have anterior neck pain, or if you have symptoms of abnormal thyroid or parathyroid hormone levels. With ultrasound, the size of the thyroid can be measured and nodules can be defined as cystic (fluid-filled) or solid. Nodules adjacent to the thyroid, including the parathyroid glands and lymph nodes, can be identified.
There is no preparation required for thyroid ultrasound. You will lie on a padded table with your neck hyper-extended and supported by a pillow or towel. The technologist will apply the lubricating gel to the neck and move the transducer over the neck to take pictures of the thyroid gland.
Thyroid biopsies are performed at all of our locations except Verona.