COVID-19: We are experiencing delays from high call volume in our scheduling department. Most exams can be scheduled using our online tool SCHEDULE ONLINE. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
SMIL is taking advanced precautions to guard against Coronavirus - learn more before arriving at one of our facilities. Click here.
SMIL radiologists perform a thyroid ultrasound exam to help diagnose a lump in the thyroid or a thyroid that is not functioning properly. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck. The thyroid is one of nine endocrine glands located throughout the body.
Typical uses of a thyroid ultrasound exam:
Because ultrasound provides real-time images (images that are renewed continuously), it can also be used as a guide through procedures such as needle biopsies, in which needles are used to extract sample cells from an abnormal area for laboratory testing.
Learn more about how to prepare for a thyroid ultrasound in the preparations for thyroid ultrasound section.
Find out if a thyroid ultrasound is right for you in the benefits and risks of thyroid ultrasound section.
For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.