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The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck above your clavicle (collar) bones. If your physician has identified lumps in your thyroid or neck during a routine physical, you are not alone. Up to 70 percent of adults have these lumps, also called nodules. In most instances, these nodules are benign and pose no health risk. A Neck/Thyroid Ultrasound allows for the evaluation of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and other soft tissues in the neck to determine the cause of the lump or if further testing and possibly a biopsy is required. Even if the nodules are determined to be non-cancerous, your physician may recommend regular Neck/Thyroid Ultrasounds to monitor any changes in their size or shape.
If this is your first Ultrasound, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. During a Neck/Thyroid Ultrasound, warm gel is placed over the neck area to be tested and a probe is gently passed back and forth on your skin over the area to create and pick up sound waves, which are converted into an image on a screen.
When the imaging is complete, the clear gel will be wiped off of your skin. If any is left on the skin, it will dry like a powder and will not stain or discolor your clothing. Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level.