Thyroid Core Biopsy

Thyroid Core Biopsy is a procedure where ultrasound is used to localize a solid nodule in the thyroid and samples are taken of it for diagnostic testing.

Procedure

  • 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 solid nodule in your thyroid gland.
  • The sonographer then shows the radiologist the solid nodule with ultrasound.
  • The radiologist numbs the area with lidocaine to aid in any discomfort the procedure causes.
  • The radiologist then sterilizes the area and places a needle device within the solid nodule and takes samples of it.
  • The sample is then sent for testing.

Preparation

  • At Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital this is performed in the Ultrasound department and uses the preparation information that follows. For other locations, you will receive preparation information from the Interventional Radiology department at your location in advance of your scheduled appointment.
  • You must be off any medication that is an anticoagulant (Aspirin, Heparin, Coumadin or Plavix) for five days prior to this procedure.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment for your blood draw, or have it done the night before.
  • Bring a prescription from your doctor.

Considerations

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.
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