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Im having an ultrasound of my thyroid done due to cysts found on it. Can/will the ultrasound see/reveal other issues in my throat if present?
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Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No it wont
A thyroid ultrasound will show details pertaining to the thyroid gland and surrounding structures like arteries, veins and lymph nodes but not structures within the throat.

In brief: No it wont
A thyroid ultrasound will show details pertaining to the thyroid gland and surrounding structures like arteries, veins and lymph nodes but not structures within the throat.
Dr. Alen Cohen
Dr. Alen Cohen
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Thyroid scans
In short the answer is "no.
" a thyroid scan looks only at the thryoid gland. The ultrasound technique could be used to examine the lymph nodes, detect any cysts, even measure obstruction of the carotid arteries, but these abnormalities won't be looked for unless there is a specific request, which is appropriate. Looking beyond the specific target tends to detect irrelevant findings.

In brief: Thyroid scans
In short the answer is "no.
" a thyroid scan looks only at the thryoid gland. The ultrasound technique could be used to examine the lymph nodes, detect any cysts, even measure obstruction of the carotid arteries, but these abnormalities won't be looked for unless there is a specific request, which is appropriate. Looking beyond the specific target tends to detect irrelevant findings.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Richard Orr
And scans will not detect problems within the larynx or esophagus (unless very advanced). So if you are horase or haveing trouble swallowing, you should have your larynx examined by an ENT - it is a simple painless office procedure. If you are having trouble swallowing, you may need your esophagus checked - either with a barium swallow or endoscopy.
Dr. Vincent Granowicz
Family Medicine
In brief: Possibly
Could possibly, but low likelyhood.

In brief: Possibly
Could possibly, but low likelyhood.
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Dr. Bekele Olbamo
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes it can
Yes it can show but it doesnot differentiate benign from malignant.

In brief: Yes it can
Yes it can show but it doesnot differentiate benign from malignant.
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