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A 30-year-old member asked:

What does hypo mean on thyroid ultrasound?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 21 years experience
Hypoechoic: Hypo in ultrasound refers to hypoechoic -- meaning low density. The signicance varies by the rest of the description of the ultrasound.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 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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What does a colorful thyroid ultrasound image mean?

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Dr. Corinne Deurdulian
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Blood flow: Color on your thyroid ultrasound means that color doppler was applied and blood flow was detected. It is generally normal unless there is too much color, which would have been mentioned in the report.
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A 62-year-old female asked:

What does inferior lymph nodes mean on a thyroid ultrasound?

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Dr. Piotr Obara
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Lower neck: Most likely this is referring to nodes located in the lower part of your neck closer to the sternum and clavicles.
Last updated May 10, 2021


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