Thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the thyroid
gland within in the neck.
What to Bring
- Your physician order (your physician may have already sent this to us)
- Personal ID
- Insurance Card
How to Prepare
- If you have a specific concern with your thyroid, you should inform the
- If you wear an on-body device (insulin pump, insulin regulators, Neulasta,
other chemo/insulin devices, etc), you must inform your x-ray technologist.
Some of these devices cannot be in the room during the exam.
- No risks are associated with a breast ultrasound. Unlike X-rays, radiation
is not involved with this test.
What to Expect
- You may be asked to remove clothes and to wear a gown during your exam.
- You may need to remove jewelry in the area to be examined.
- The room is usually dark so the images can be seen clearly on the computer screen.
- During the exam you will be asked to lie on a table.
- Warm gel will be placed on the neck area. This will help with the transmission
of the sound waves.
- You may feel slight pressure on the neck as the transducer is moved.
- Please allow 45 minutes from registration to completion of test.
Getting the Results
- A radiologist (a doctor who is specially trained in reading and interpreting
diagnostic and ultrasound images) will interpret the ultrasound results
and send the information to your provider.