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how well does a thyroid ultrasound tell if you have cancer or not?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Pretty good: The thyroid ultrasound does not directly tell you if you have cancer. The ultrasound identifies suspicious areas of the thyroid. Then, if the areas are suspicious enough, you may undergo a biopsy where a needle is placed into the thyroid area and samples are examined under a microscope to see if you have thyroid cancer or not.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Not: Shows features of the nodules. Need biopsy to see if cancerous. Easy test. I perform hundreds of these biopsies a year.

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Thyroid ultrasound question: what do cancer's look like on ultrasound?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
Darker than normal: Ultrasound shows differences in density of thyroid nodules. They many times seem darkerthan normal thyoid tissue. Sometimes you can see increased amount of small blood vessels. Sometimes you can see small specks of calcium.

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