Thyroid ultrasound scan

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A thyroid ultrasound scan is a specialised procedure for examining your thyroid, the gland that controls your metabolism. It’s located in the front part of your neck. Normally, the thyroid gland secrets the thyroid hormones that deal with the body's metabolism, activity & temperature tolerance.

This scan helps to evaluate thyroid gland texture & appearance. i.e. cysts, calcifications, suspecting hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.


Ultrasounds are safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging is also called ultrasound scanning or sonography. It uses a small probe called a transducer and gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back. A computer uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation (as used in x-rays). Because images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs. They can also show blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

An ultrasound of the thyroid produces pictures of the thyroid gland and the adjacent structures in the neck. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just above the collar bones and is shaped like a butterfly, with one lobe on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue. It is one of nine endocrine glands located throughout the body that make and send hormones into the bloodstream.

The thyroid gland makes the thyroid hormone, which helps to regulate a variety of body functions including how fast the heart beats. It is very common for patchy areas or nodules to develop in the thyroid that may or may not be felt on the skin surface. About 5 to 10 percent of adults will have lumps in their thyroid that a doctor can identify on an exam. These are called palpable nodules. Ultrasounds are very sensitive and show many nodules that cannot be felt. In some age groups, nodules are seen on ultrasound in as many as 70 percent of adults. The vast majority of these are benign regions of thyroid tissue that pose no health risk. A minority of these are true tumors of the thyroid and may require further diagnosis or treatment.


Before the test, remove necklaces and other accessories that can block your throat. You’ll be asked to remove your shirt and lie on your back.


The sonographer places a pillow or a pad under the back of your neck to tilt your head back and to expose your throat. You may be uncomfortable in this position, but it’s not usually painful. In some cases, you may be able to sit upright during the ultrasound.

The sonographer will then rub gel onto your throat, which helps the ultrasound probe, or transducer, glide over your skin. The gel may feel a little cold when it is applied but contact with your skin warms it.

The sonographer will run the transducer back and forth over the area where your thyroid is located. This should not be painful. Communicate with your sonographer if you experience any discomfort.

Images will be visible on a screen and are used to make sure that the sonographer has a clear picture of your thyroid to evaluate. Sonographers are not allowed to diagnose or to explain ultrasound results, so don’t ask them to do so. Your doctor and a radiologist should examine the images. You will get a full description of findings for further consultations.

A thyroid ultrasound is not associated with any risks. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities as soon as it’s over.


An ultrasound can give your doctor a lot of valuable information, such as:

  • if a growth is fluid-filled or solid
  • the number of growths
  • where the growths are located
  • whether a growth has distinct boundaries
  • blood flow to the growth

Ultrasounds can also detect a goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland.


The sonographer will be able to tell you the results of the scan at the time of visit. You will also get a detailed ultrasound report to file with your health records.


The scan results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

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