Thyroid ultrasound is a test that allows the doctor to assess the gland accurately (its size, shape, location, size and structure) and possible assessment of lesions -nodules, cysts, and others that are undetectable by palpation. This is a painless, non-invasive and safe study – and additionally it is quick, it takes a few minutes.
Ultrasound examination of the thyroid gland is recommended primarily if you feel changes during the examination and also if the patient observes enlargement of the neck circumference. They are also done when morphological tests of thyroid hormone levels show overactive or underactive authority. In this case, the test is aimed at controlling the implemented hormone treatment.
The examination does not require any prior preparation – the patient should only have results of the previous tests (ultrasound or scintigraphy), if they have been performed before.
In the office, the patient first lubricates the patient’s neck with a special gel, and then moves along it place the ultrasound head while observing the image of the thyroid gland on the monitor. Test result is given to the patient – in the form of photos and descriptions.
If the doctor detects disturbing changes, the patient will be recommended to perform a thyroid biopsy – collection of nodule fragments to be sent for further histopathological examination. It will make it possible to determine whether they are benign or malignant (thyroid cancer).
In the Medical Clinic Podhale, the ultrasound is performed with the Voluson S6 / S8 apparatus by GE Healthcare and Flex Focus 400 from BK Medical.
We cordially invite you to consultations in the field of endocrinology and tests carried out in our clinic by an experienced specialist- Dr Edyta Runger-Kafara.