Thyroid Ultrasound

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Thyroid ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the thyroid gland and surrounding tissues.



Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You will not be able to talk during the examination.
  • The examination will last 30-45 minutes.
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive and radiation-free. There are no known side effects to ultrasound.


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.

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How Should I Prepare?

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

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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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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform thyroid ultrasound at nine of our office locations:

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