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A 28-year-old female asked:

Been told i have a full thyroid. blood work fine. would an mri with contrast detect thyroid cancer? had a recent one for an ms checkup.

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Dr. Joseph Mathews
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 18 years experience
Ultrasound is best: Thyroid ultrasound has been demonstrated in multiple studies to be the most sensitive in characterizing thyroid nodules. However, MRI may be able to detect a nodule. About 5% of thyroid nodules are cancer. The only way to know if it is cancer is to look at the cells under the microscope. If you have a nodule, an fna can help in diagnosis.
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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 45 years experience
no MRI: You don't need an MRI of the thyroid. I am not sure you need anything. What is a "full thyroid"? You have to ask your doctor what is meant by that. It may mean it is slightly enlarged. Most of the causes of that are benign. You may want to see an endocrinologist.... Rather than get an unnecessary test. Also, be careful not to overreact to things your doctor may say/write.
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Last updated May 27, 2018


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