Your physician may order a thyroid ultrasound which uses sound waves to produce pictures of the thyroid gland in the neck. The exam does not use radiation and is commonly used to evaluate lumps or nodules found during a routine physical or other imaging exam.
An ultrasound of the thyroid produces pictures of the thyroid gland and any structures in the neck. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just above the collar bones.
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.
Thyroid Ultrasound exams will give you information as to the general size of your thyroid gland, it will determine if you have any masses and it will help you determine if you have any nodules. Thyroid ultrasound can also pick up inflammation or signs of an early infection which can help guide and direct treatment.