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what do they do to scan my thyroid nodule?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
It's an ultrasound: The best test is a thyroid u/s. They put some gel over your neck and place a wand on top of the gel and move it around your neck. Painless procedure.
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Two types : Usually an ultrasound is done as described by others above, but if your thyroid is over active a nuclear scan may be done. For that, you are given a capsule of iodine, then you are asked to return so they can take a picture of the thyroid and see where the iodine concentrates.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can a thyroid nodule affect your singing voice?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: If it's big enough, it can cause compressive symptoms and affect your voice.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It is also possible that this thyroid nodule may be pushing or invading a nerve (recurrent laryngeal nerve or external branch of superior laryngeal nerve) that controls your vocal cords. This can cause weakness or paralysis of your vocal cords leading to a change in your singing voice or speaking voice. If you have this concern, you should see an ear, nose, & throat (ENT) doctor).
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CA
A 34-year-old member asked:

If a thyroid nodule is large can it cause problems?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: A large nodule can compress and deviate arteries/trachea causing breathing or swallowing problems.
CA
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is a circumscribed thyroid nodule exactly?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
It depends: Circumscribed, on an ultrasound report, describes how distinct the border is between the nodule and the normal thyroid tissue. It would usually be preceded by "well" for nodules with sharp outlines, or "poorly" for nodules with blurred outlines.
A 53-year-old member asked:

What is a hypoechoic thyroid nodule exactly?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Fewer echoes on US: Hypoechoic describes the appearance of a nodule on ultrasound (us). It refers to a nodule that reflects back fewer sound waves compared to the normal thyroid tissue around it. While most thyroid cancers are hypoechoic, most hypoechoic nodules are not cancers. But a hypoechoic nodule may have a slightly higher risk of being a cancer than other nodules.
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A female asked:

I have a thyroid nodule.A scan revealed that it is solid with irregular borders, and I have increased vascularity, what does this mean?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pablo Arango
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Size matters: The most important criteria in deciding what to do with a thyroid nodule is the size and the age of the patient. Nodules less than 1 cm are practically almost benign and usually are watched to check for growth. If they are bigger than 1 or 1.5 cm, most docs will get a fine needle biopsy under ultrasound guidance to check if the cells are normal or abnormal.

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