Thyroid Ultrasound is an exam that obtains images of the thyroid gland by using sound waves. A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to create images of the thyroid. It can help to identify abnormalities of the thyroid gland and surrounding soft tissue.
- Typically there is no prep for this procedure.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
- You will lie on an exam table with your head slightly tilted back for a short period of time.
- A non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
- The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your neck to obtain images of the thyroid gland.
- You may be asked to tilt your head to the right or left during the exam.
- Let the technologist know:
- If you have had any previous surgery.
- If you take any medication.
- If you have difficulty lying flat on your back.