If your symptoms suggest a thyroid condition, a thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound might be among the diagnostic tools suggested by the team at Endocrine & Diabetes Plus ClinicDr. Jongoh Kim and Dr. Libu Varughese. The practice has had the honor to improve the lives of so many in their care. If you have questions about thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound or any other advanced diagnostic tools, call the office to book an appointment, or schedule a visit online.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound Q & A

What is a thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound?

Your thyroid is a small gland in your neck that produces numerous hormones, including some that regulate how effectively your body converts food into energy. If you encounter symptoms of a thyroid disorder, a thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound can give your provider at Endocrine & Diabetes Plus Clinic a visual representation of your thyroid gland. 

You have four parathyroid glands, which are small glands found in your neck near your thyroid. These glands create and release parathyroid hormone, which helps your body maintain the right balance of calcium. Ultrasound is a great tool to detect signs of parathyroid disease. 

How does thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound work?

Ultrasounds use sound waves to create images of your internal body structures. A handheld transducer produces these sound waves. They move through your tissues and then return to the transducer, where a probe evaluates the returning sounds and transforms them into an image. 

Ultrasound imaging is noninvasive and carries no risk of harm. It is also among the most affordable diagnostic tools available. 

Why would I need a thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound?

These ultrasounds play an important role in diagnosing thyroid and parathyroid conditions. While a physical exam can detect some tissue abnormalities in your thyroid or parathyroid glands, there are many instances where a physical exam cannot detect lumps or tumors. 

Here are some of the uses for thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound:

  • Determine the exact location of a lump
  • Search for additional nodules after a physical exam finds a nodule 
  • Check to see if an existing nodule has grown larger since last examined
  • Determine if a nodule is benign or might need a biopsy

The ultrasound results guide the next steps in your diagnostic or treatment path. If your results indicate the need for a biopsy, your provider can perform that service.

Are ultrasounds painful?

Having an ultrasound is not a painful process. For thyroid and parathyroid ultrasounds, there is no need for advance preparation, anesthesia, or recovery time. 

You simply recline on the exam table or chair as the transducer moves across the surface of your neck. You may need to extend your neck to allow better contact with the transducer. 

The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes. Once your ultrasound is complete, you can return to your normal daily activities. 

If you need a thyroid or parathyroid ultrasound, your provider offers a combination of state-of-the-art technology with a compassionate, patient-centric approach at Endocrine & Diabetes Plus Clinic. Booking an appointment takes just moments online or by phone.