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What Does An Abnormal Thyroid Ultrasound Look Like
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
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
Can a Thyroid ultrasound miss cancer? I had one that was normal a week ago but pcp says one side is enlarged. Abnormal TSH normal free t3t4 confused?
Yes: A CRI and or nuclear scan are much more reliable for the detection of small tumors; however, for general screening, the ultrasound will certainly suffice. Please obtain an endocrinology evaluation for "abnormal TSH (high or low???) ...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
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 dozen of smaller ones. A thyroid biopsy is a simple test to sample suspicious nodules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thyroid ultrasound showed heterogenous echogenicity hypervascular thyroid. Thyroid labs normal. Any thoughts on what this is?
Vessels: Color sonograms or dopplers usually designate blood flow to a particular area ...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
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, than you should not be either! ...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
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