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what do the colors mean in thyroid ultra sound

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Hypothyroid: The answer to this question depends on what your exact levels are and what type of symptoms you have. "Subclinical Hypothyroidsim" sometimes presents ... Read More
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Dr. Philip Kern
43 years experience Endocrinology
Low TSH: A low TSH with normal T3 and free T4 is c/w subclinical hyperthyroidism. In a young person (esp a woman), it could be subclinical Graves disease. Sug ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
47 years experience Radiology
Cysts: Round spots in the thyroid are usually cysts (colloid cysts). There are also arteries and veins which in cross section can look like spots.
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Ask the doctor: Dark spots could represent thyroid nodules or growths. You need to talk to the doctor who ordered the ultrasound so you will know for sure what the u ... Read More
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Dr. Laura Anissian
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Ultrasound result: Heterogenous means not consistently, or mixed pattern and atrophy implies "wasting", shrinking of the tissue.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hasan Khondker
13 years experience Internal Medicine
You will need some: Additional imaging to clearly describe the nodule and a possible biopsy
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
41 years experience Endocrinology
Very accurate: One of the most accurate and specific determinations that an ultrasound can make.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Klein
50 years experience Radiology
See endocrinologist: Who ordered the US? usually nodules are not painful unless infectious in etiology. Ask your doctor what he thinks or see an endocrinologist.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
37 years experience Emergency Medicine
Hyperechoic: suggests solid while hypoechoic means cystic, or "hollow" so to speak, Heterogeneous is a normal mixture of both. The meaning needs to be discussed ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terri Washington
16 years experience Endocrinology
Don't Worry: A thyroid w/o nodules is normal and slightly enlarged does not mean much if his thyroid is functioning fine and he does not have any trouble swallowi ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
43 years experience Endocrinology
Many factors: A thyroid u/s may be done by a radiologist, an endocrinologist, a thyroid surgeon, or others. It is best done by someone who also does needle biopsy, ... Read More

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