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Ultrasound Thyroid

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 technologist.
  • 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.