What is a thyroid ultrasound B scan?
B-scan ultrasound is the premier method of diagnosis of thyroid gland disease. Therefore the otolaryngologist interested in this region needs profound knowledge of the ultrasound findings of thyroid disease including lymphomas, other types of tumor and vascular lesions.
Is thyroid scan and ultrasound same?
Thyroid scans are performed in the same was as any other kind of ultrasound. You may be familiar with ultrasound scans from pregnancy pictures, but the procedure can also be used to look at other parts of your body. Ultrasound waves are very high-pitched soundwaves that we can send into your body.
What can you see on a thyroid ultrasound?
Because ultrasound captures images in real-time, it can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs. The images can also show blood flowing through blood vessels. An ultrasound of the thyroid produces pictures of the thyroid gland and the adjacent structures in the neck.
How do I prepare for a thyroid ultrasound?
Before your thyroid ultrasound, you may eat normally. No special preparation is required. During your ultrasound, pictures of your thyroid will appear on a video screen and several images and measurements will be recorded. A thyroid ultrasound takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Why would you need a thyroid scan?
A physician may perform these imaging tests to: determine if the gland is working properly. help diagnose problems with the thyroid gland, such as an overactive thyroid gland, a condition called hyperthyroidism, cancer or other growths. assess the nature of a nodule discovered in the gland.
Is thyroid scan painful?
You may experience mild pain and redness at the injection site for a short time if you receive an injection of the radionuclide. Even though the radiation exposure is minimal and short term, thyroid scans aren’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.