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How To Read Thyroid Ultrasound
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. ...Read more
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
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). ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: It's best to talk to the doctor that ordered the ultrasound. Only he/she knows your history and can put the results in context with your situation. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound: May show cysts, solid masses, lymph nodes, blood vessels. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Vessels: Color sonograms or dopplers usually designate blood flow to a particular area ...Read more
Lower neck: Most likely this is referring to nodes located in the lower part of your neck closer to the sternum and clavicles. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
What does "the axial diameter of the adjacent lymph nodes is 6mm or less" mean on a thyroid ultrasound?
Normal lymph node: Normal lymph nodes in the neck are 10 mm or less in axial diameter. We would expect to find lymph nodes this size under normal circumstances. ...Read more
I am waiting for final results from a Thyroid ultrasound. They did tell me one side was a little swollen. Levels normal. Would this make me feel sick.
Wait 4 final report: Thyroid gland is normally asymmetric with the right lobe usually larger than the left lobe. Hashimotos disease may affext one side more than other. I would wait for final report before guessing. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound reveals that 2 nodules prev. Ultrasound & bio. 6 months ago have now grown to 2.6x2.7cm compared to 1.9x1.7cm previously. Worrisome?
The safest thing: To do with pathologically proven benign nodules that demonstrate that kind of interval growth is repeat fna biopsy. The procedure has a very low complication rate and most patients find it to be painless. Other measures might include TSH measurement and, if it is depressed, a radionuclide scan to see if the nodule(s) are "hot" or producing excessive thyroid hormone. These nodules are benign. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound and it showed that it was diffuse heterogeneous. Right lobe is 4.7 x2.0 X 2.1cm and the left lobe is 4.4 X 1.6 X 1.6cm isthmus 5mm?
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Ultrasound: No one can force you. Doctor can recommend because you have an enlarged gland or they are searching for nodules or growths in your gland. ...Read more
Multinodular thyroid: The most common cause of your ultrasound finding is a multinodular goiter. Majority of time these are benign and the thyroid will have normal function. It is actually more of a concern for cancer when the thyroid only has 1 or 2 solid nodules, not a dozen of smaller ones. A thyroid biopsy is a simple test to sample suspicious nodules. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound showed heterogenous echogenicity hypervascular thyroid. Thyroid labs normal. Any thoughts on what this is?
May need follow up: The data says that without a dominant mass, nodules less than 2.5 cm are rarely of concern. The thyroid frequently forms nodules, most of which are of no concern. But depending on the size and imaging characteristics, as well as your risk factors, your doctor may need to reassess at later date. If your doctor is not worried, then you should not be either! ...Read more
Thyroid function?: You need to know your thyroid function level (free t4, tsh). If these are normal, the nodules are small (<1 cm), and you have no neck compressive symptoms from the goiter, usually observation is recommended. If a nodule is > 1cm and/or has suspicious characteristics on ultrasound, a fine needle biopsy may be needed. ...Read more
What is this slight heterogeneity to echo texture of thyroid parenchtma but no nodules detected. Thyroid ultrasound done 1-8-15?
I just got the results from my thyroid ultrasound and it says that both lobes have an atypical cyst with small calcifications should I be concerned?
Need evaluation: You should be seen by a thyroid specialist who can review the ultrasound; if there are worrisome features, a simple "fine needle aspiration" biopsy can be done in the office with a very thin needle. In most cases this will tell whether the nodule requires further treatment. ...Read more
I had a thyroid ultrasound and the findings indicated that the thyroid gland is borderline small. Impression, small, heterogeneous what does this mean?
Thyroiditis: This is a nonspecific finding. It, however, typically suggests sequelae of a prior inflammation of the thyroid gland, such as hashimoto thyroiditis. After the acute inflammation, the thyroid gland becomes fibrosed and scarred and shrinks in size. What's more important is your thyroid function tests and that there were no report of any thyroid nodule to biopsy. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound The right thyroid lobe measures 4.7 x 1.6 x 2.4cm.the thyroid isthmus measures 7mm. The left thyroid lobe measures 5.2 x 1.6 x 1.7cm?
Thyroid: We don't know anything about you to try to make sense of the measurements you are giving us? How tall or how gig are you? Why did you have a thyroid ultrasound? Were there any nodules? Where do you live? Is there visible enlargement of your thyroid gland? You need to speak to the doctor that prescribed the ultrasound to answer your specific questions. ...Read more
To asses nodules: This is one of the less invasive ways to assess the size of the gland and any nodules that may have been evident on exam. The us character may lead to more specific studies or exclude need for getting them. ...Read more
Sonar images: Ultrasound uses the variation in the 2 dimensional images produced by scanning the thyroid like a fisherman uses sonar to find a school of fish under his boat. Enough thyroid us's have been done to develop pictures of how big each part of the gland should be at a given age in a given condition. ...Read more
Maybe: Hashimoto's disease is auto immune thyroiditis. It is diagnosed clinically and by thyroid auto antibodies such as antithyroglobulin antibodies and antithythroid microsomal antibodies. It may be inferred on an ultrasound. Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed clinically, by lab. And by a 24 hour RAI23 uptake and scan. ...Read more
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