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Ultrasound: What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is This Exam Done?
Thyroid ultrasounds are commonly used to detect and diagnose lumps in the thyroid, or to determine the cause of an improperly functioning thyroid.
What Will Happen During the Exam?
The sonographer will request that you lay on the exam bed on your back. Your head will be tilted back on a pillow to elongate the neck. Warm, water-based ultrasound gel will be applied on the skin and/or the transducer. The sonographer will use the transducer on the skin moving it around as necessary to obtain images for the physician to interpret.
How Should I Prepare?
There is no preparation for this exam.
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Thyroid Ultrasound:
- Ultrasound images are shown in real-time
- The structure and movement of the body’s internal organs and structures are able to be seen and recorded
- No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure
Risks you should be aware of:
- There are no known risks for ultrasound
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