Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration
Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration is a procedure where ultrasound is used to locate a nodule or solid area in the thyroid and obtain samples for diagnostic testing.
- You will lie on an exam table with your neck slightly tilted back for a short period of time.
- A non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
- The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your neck to obtain images of the nodule or solid area in your thyroid gland.
- The sonographer then shows the radiologist the nodule or solid area.
- The radiologist sterilizes the area and then numbs the area with Lidocaine to aid in any discomfort the procedure causes.
- The radiologist then places a small needle within the area of interest and obtains samples.
- The specimen is then sent for testing.
- You must be off any medication that is an anticoagulant (Motrin, Aspirin, Heparin, Coumadin or Plavix) for five days prior to this procedure.
- Arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Bring a prescription from your doctor.
- You may need blood work prior to the procedure.
Let the technologist know:
- If you are on any blood thinners.
- If you have had any previous surgery.
- If you have difficulty lying flat on your back.
- Please bring a list of any medications.