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Ultrasound Of The Thyroid
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
Saw dr last week for pain and swelling on right side of neck. Had ultrasound of thyroid- came back normal. No nodules. What else could be causing it?
Other structures.: It be a problem in the other structures of the neck ie muscles, lymph nodes etc. If the swelling persists. You need cat scan of the neck. ...Read more
An ultrasound of thyroid reported a 6 mm nodule but a rescan one month later reported nothing. The doctor saidthat the radiologist over read the first scan. Its been 8 monthssince. Is a follow up needed?
Probably not: If there is no nodule seen on the most recent exam then there is really nothing to follow up. Thyroid is a superficial organ so it's easily scanned with an ultrasound and if there is a nodule its easy to pick up. You can always talk to the radiologist who read your ultrasound if you are still concerned. ...Read more
Recent ultrasound of thyroid can you let me know if I need to get any of the nodules aspirated history: thyroid nodule on mri. Technique: thyroid u?
Yes: Listen to your board certified endocrinologist md. ...Read more
Tightness in throat, had ultrasound of thyroid. It is mildly enlarged. Dr not concerned and wants to do nothing. Is that unusual? Blood work ok
Thyroid: Let's do 2nd opinion so we can figure out the problem. ...Read more
Tsh levels. 29 range 0.4 - 5.0 free t3 (liothyronine) is 2.6 range 2.5 - 3.9 free t4 is 0.9 range is 0.6 - 1.5 ultrasound of thyroid revealed two colloid cysts. Help?
Borderline abnormal: The free T3 (liothyronine) and free T4 levels are normal. The TSH is borderline low. Typically the TSH is the most sensitive indicator of your thyroid level, and when low suggests that your thyroid level may be high (overactive). Currently you do not have enough of an abnormality to treat. The colloid cysts are usually of no significance. You should simply repeat the thyroid levels in 1 month. ...Read more
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If my tsh low, t3 (liothyronine) and t4 is normal, is it hypo or hyper thyroidism? Should I take iodine? Ultra sound is normal, without pathology.
Hypothyroid: The answer to this question depends on what your exact levels are and what type of symptoms you have. "Subclinical Hypothyroidsim" sometimes presents in the manner you describe. ...Read more
Structure: It's an imaging study to look at the structure of the thyroid gland. It tells you the texture (smooth, lumpy...), amount of blood flow, whether or not there is a growth/tumor on the thyroid, whether or not the growth is full of liquid, completely solid or mixture of both and how big the growth is... ...Read more
Many possibilities: An enlarged thyroid (goiter) has many causes and possible treatments. Is it causing hyper/hypothyroidism (i.e. Graves disease, toxic goiter)? Check tsh, ft4. Maybe anti-tpo. Is the goiter nodular or smooth? This may require an ultrasound, with biopsy of any suspicious nodules. Is it really big and impair your swallowing/breathing? Then maybe surgery. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more
Doppler: Doppler is to look at blood flow, thyroid study usually just need regular ultrasound ...Read more
Ultrasound results: In the left side of the neck, separate from the thyroid, there is a 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.5 cm nodule. What does this mean?
It means you should: See an Experienced ENT doctor and have him guide you to the next step. Depending on your exam and your history, the next step he or she may recommend is a surgical biopsy so it can be looked at under the microscope and it can be determined if it is a problem to your health or not. ...Read more
Hi I am a 64 year old woman and I just had an ultrasound and they said I had a cyst greater than 2 cm on my thyroid right side with hyervascular flow?
Evaluation: The cyst usually is benign but you need evaluation and follow up by your doctor because if is growing need to be remove. ...Read more
Had an ultrasound on my thyroid, report says I have excess thyroid tissue behind each lobe. What exactly does this mean? Was not there 6 months ago.
Yes: Solid thyroid masses that are large, have characteristic internal calcifications, irregular borders, increased blood flow on doppler ultrasound, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the area are generally concerning for malignancy. However, when we biopsy these nodules with a needle most turn out benign. ...Read more
Anatomy: Generally thyroid ultrasound studies look for anatomic abnormalities such as size and nodules. ...Read more
Nonspecific: The report should be more informative. Is there a mass? Enlarged lymph nodes? What you describe essentially gives no information. ...Read more
Probably: Unless the goiter (enlarged thyroid) is very large, it should cause few if any problems. However, something is causing the goiter. In the US, it is usually because the immune system is inappropriately making antibodies that attack a person's own proteins in the thyroid (auto-, or self-directed, immunity). This may cause abnormal thyroid levels in the future, and needs to be checked regularly. ...Read more
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
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
Possibly: Thyroid glands are typically seen during an ultrasound of the carotid arteries. If a cardiac ultrasound looks up high enough, or if you have a thyroid that is unusually low (as in substernal thyroid) you could see it. ...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
Different no better: A thyroid nuclear uptake and scan is a functional test of your thyroid. It is useful in differentiating causes of thyrotoxicosis (excessive amounts of thyroid hormones in the body). A thyroid ultrasound is better to assess the anatomy of the thyroid gland and for guidance if biopsy is needed. ...Read more
Thyroid ultrasound: May show cysts, solid masses, lymph nodes, blood vessels. ...Read more
Anatomy vs. Function: Hi. Thyroid ultrasound only tells us things about thyroid anatomy. Blood tests can tell us things about thyroid function and autoimmune processes affecting the thyroid. Isotopic thyroid scans can tell us things about thyroid cell metabolism. They all have their roles in evaluating the thyroid gland. Ergo, your further testing. Good luck! ...Read more
I just had an ultrasound done today and my thyroid gland is 4.3cm. I was wondering if this normal or is it a little enlarged?
Likely normal: The thyroid glads has two lobes and a connecting bridge (isthmus). Each lobe is usually 2x2x4 cm so a 4.3 cm (presumably of one lobe) is probably normal. ...Read more
My thyroids are enlarged. My labs and ultrasound are normal, however now there is a dull pain. I'm 28. Should I worry about cancer?
My endo sent me for an ultrasound despite feeling no nodules-thyroid. If they don't feel them, should I feel safer that u/s will be ok?
Thyroid nodules: The thyroid ultrasound is more sensitive for detecting nodules. Small nodules, or nodules deep in the gland, may be difficult or impossible to detect on physical exam. So, the ultrasound could find small non palpable nodules. ...Read more
My dr felt by palpation an approx 2cm nodule on my thyroid, but it was not detected on ultrasound, does that mean there is nothing there?
Yes: The ultrasound would have seen a 2 cm thyroid mass if done correctly. ...Read more
Had ultrasound on neck, diagnosis as goiter. Thyroid tests came back normal. This was year ago. Should I follow up with the goiter situation?
Yes you need to: Goiter needs follow up at least once a year to see if it is changing in size. Since it can grow or change into cancer, most thyroid specialistsd (endocrinologists) would advise removal with thyroid surgery. So go see one and find out your options to solve this problelm. ...Read more
Had my thyroid removed related to cancer. Current ultrasound read "no significant residual thyroid tissue identified" should any tissue be remaining?
What does it mean if your ultrasound reports prominent vascularity within the mass without microcalification? In regards to my thyroid? Thank you
Thyroid mass: It means your throid mass is having blodd vessel supply. As ultrasound shows thyroid mass you need to undergo biopsy to get definitive diagnosis. Follow up with your physician. ...Read more
An ultrasound confirmed the presence of 2 masses on thyroid. Levels w/in normal range. (.66 uIU/mL)so dr says not to worry. Should I request more test?
Mass size?: Masses probably benign but should be followed with repeat ultrasounds and a fine needle aspiration (FNA) should be done if they get bigger ...Read more