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what is the definition or description of: thyroid ultrasound?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Simple test...: That puts a device on skin over neck, bounces radio waves into tissues in neck to take echo-pictures of thyroid no needles, no pain, looking for nodules, cysts , other conditions in thyroid gland.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Sound waves not xray: A thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves rather than x rays to take a picture of the thyroid gland, blood vessels and lymph nodes in the neck. It is an excellent test to distinguish if a thyroid "nodule" is solid or fluid-filled ( a cyst).

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what the thyroid ultrasound sees?

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Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Anatomy of thyroid: The ultrasound is a technique using sound waves to look inside the body. The thyroid ultrasound exam specifically measure the thyroid gland size (to assess for enlargement or shrinkage), the thyroid texture (for autoimmune or inflammatory diseases that cause heterogeneity), presence of lumps (nodules that may be benign or cancerous), and the amount of blood flow (increase in certain conditions).
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why would a doctor make me get a thyroid ultrasound?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Examination: The thyroid ultrasound can see if you have any abnormal growths in the thyroid such as cysts or tumors. Often, patients who have trouble swallowing, or voice problems, or an abnormal lump on physical examination will undergo thyroid ultrasound.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are they looking for on a ?Thyroid ultrasound examination please?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Thyroid ultrasound: May show cysts, solid masses, lymph nodes, blood vessels.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Hypoechoic: Hypo in ultrasound refers to hypoechoic -- meaning low density. The signicance varies by the rest of the description of the ultrasound.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

What does "the background glandular echotexture is heterogeneous with hypervascularity" mean in a thyroid ultrasound?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Inflammation: It sounds like the thyroid gland is normal except for inflammation.

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