Thyroid Ultrasound

Thyroid Ultrasound is an exam that obtains images of the thyroid gland by using sound waves. A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to create images of the thyroid. It can help to identify abnormalities of the thyroid gland and surrounding soft tissue.

Preparation

  • Typically there is no prep for this procedure.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.

Procedure

  • You will lie on an exam table with your head 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 thyroid gland.
  • You may be asked to tilt your head to the right or left during the exam.

Considerations

  • Let the technologist know:
    • If you have had any previous surgery.
    • If you take any medication.
    • If you have difficulty lying flat on your back.
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