What is a Thyroid Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. It is also known as sonography.
A thyroid ultrasound scan is an image of the thyroid gland within the neck.
A thyroid ultrasound may be ordered if a thyroid function test is abnormal or if you doctor feels a growth on your thyroid while examining your neck. An ultrasound can also check an underactive or overactive thyroid gland. The scan is used to determine if a lump in the neck is arising from the thyroid or an adjacent structure, and to analyze the appearance of thyroid nodules and determine if they are the more common benign nodule or if the nodule has features that require a biopsy.
Preparing For Your Thyroid Ultrasound
- You may wear your own clothing, such as jogging, leggings, or sweat pants, as long as there are no metal fasteners, zippers, buttons, etc. Hospital gowns are available.
- Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home, if possible, or removed prior to the scan.
Walk-in Patients: Please be sure to bring the signed order from your physician requesting the examination and your insurance card.
How Soon Will Scan Results Be Available?
Your images are reviewed, and results interpreted by one of our qualified doctors who specializes in reading images (radiologist). The Radiologist will prepare a report, which is electronically sent to your doctor as soon as available, usually within 24-48 hours.
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