A thyroid ultrasound produces images of the thyroid gland in patients with swelling or dysfunction, such as a lump, cancer, Grave’s disease, hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s disease. The thyroid often becomes enlarged or inflamed as a result of these conditions, which may require regular monitoring.
Lumps and masses commonly develop in patients who have undergone radiation therapy, so these patients may be screened with a thyroid ultrasound.
- Evaluation of the location and characteristics of palpable neck masses
- ABN Thyroid function test
- Abnormalities detected by other imaging examinations or laboratory studies, including areas of abnormal uptake seen on radioisotope thyroid examinations.
- Evaluation of the presence, size, and location of the thyroid gland.
- High-risk patients for occult thyroid malignancy.
- Follow-up of thyroid nodules, when indicated.
- Recurrent disease or regional nodal metastases in patients with proven or suspected thyroid carcinoma.