What is a Thyroid Ultrasound?
Thyroid Ultrasound is a painless radiology exam that is performed to help diagnose the cause of pain and evaluate the thyroid gland in a non-invasive manner. The thyroid is a gland that regulates metabolism. It is located in the neck. A thyroid ultrasound may be used to check thyroid size or to detect possible growths such as cysts and tumors.
Who should get this test?
Ultrasound of Thyroid is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:
- Palpable mass
- Thyroid nodules
- Hyperthyroidism (e.g Graves Disease)
- Hypothyroidism (e.g. Hashimoto’s Disease)
- Lumps, masses, and tumors in the neck arising from thyroid
- Hormonal imbalances or autoimmune conditions
Is there radiation involved?
No. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.