Thyroid ultrasound is among the most commonly performed imaging procedures when it comes to examining the thyroid gland for abnormalities, nodules, or tumors. A safe, simple procedure, ultrasound is frequently utilized by the Beverly Hills specialists at our surgical center to get a clear picture of a patient’s thyroid gland, the location of any growths, and the surrounding structures.
What is a Thyroid Ultrasound?
Thyroid ultrasound employs the use of high-frequency sound waves to generate an image of the neck gland and surrounding structures. The process is non-invasive and completely painless. The patient simply lies back with their neck slightly hyperextended and the technician will use a wand, or transducer, to get an image of the gland. The wand is placed over the neck, covered with a cool gel, and the sound waves bounce off neck gland. The computer then creates an image of the internal structures based off of the pattern of the sound waves.
Because ultrasound produces images in real-time, ultrasound is often used to guide a fine needle biopsy. The doctor will use the ultrasound images on the screen to ensure the exact placement of the needle when performing a biopsy on a suspicious thyroid, nodule, etc. This helps to ensure the most accurate results possible.
The surgeons at the Beverly Hills surgical center understand how overwhelming it can be when faced with the possibility of a thyroid condition. It is important to be able to research and understand the testing process, so our physicians have taken the time to compile a list of some of the most commonly asked questions in an effort to help make this process simpler.
Q: Does this procedure hurt?
A: There is no pain involved in ultrasound imaging. It is completely non-invasive, with the entire process-taking place on the exterior of the neck using an ultrasound wand and a cool gel. An ultrasound of the may require the patient to hyperextend their neck during the test, which may be a little uncomfortable, but should not be painful.
Q: What is thyroid ultrasound used for?
A: Ultrasound is frequently used to examine the neck gland and nearby structures when there is suspicion of an abnormality. Ultrasound may be indicated for the following reasons:
- To determine the origin of a lump in the neck
- To examine nodules and determine if they are fluid-filled or solid
- To analyze the size of the gland
- To look for nodules
Ultrasound is one of the most frequently used imaging technologies when it comes to examining the thyroid and may be recommended for a variety of reasons, not limited to those mentioned above.
Q: Is this procedure safe?
A: There are no known risks associated with ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation, thus the body is not exposed to any potentially harmful radiation. If you are concerned, be sure to discuss your concerns with the doctor during your consultation.
Q: Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
A: If you think you may have a thyroid irregularity and want to know if a thyroid ultrasound would be a good option for you, contact the Beverly Hills experts at our surgical center today to schedule a consultation. If indicated during examination, imaging may be recommended.
Q: How do I prepare for this procedure?
A: There generally is no special preparation needed for a ultrasound, but your doctor will give you all of the information you need to know during your consultation.
Contact the Beverly Hills Thyroid Experts For More Information
If you have any questions relating to ultrasound imaging of the thyroid, or think you may need a thyroid ultrasound, call the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation with some of the most highly regarded thyroid surgeons in the nation. Ultrasound is a safe, painless technology that helps provide a lot of important answers about a patient’s unique thyroid condition. Please don’t wait, contact us today at (888) 817-1439.
For more information on thyroid ultrasounds, contact the Thyroid Surgery Center of Excellence today.
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