Undergoing a Thyroid Ultrasound at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport, PA
A thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the thyroid gland within the neck. The exams are often used to evaluate lumps or nodules found during a routine physical or other imaging exam. Thyroid ultrasounds are ordered to evaluate:
- Abnormal thyroid blood work.
- Reason for pain, swelling or if a lump was felt during an examination.
To schedule an appointment, or for further information on thyroid ultrasounds in Williamsport, PA, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna.
What Happens During a Thyroid Ultrasound?
There is no preparation needed for this test. Total time in the department, including registration and imaging is approximately 30 minutes.
A registered ultrasound technologist will first verify your identity and explain the procedure. You will be escorted into the imaging room and positioned on your back with your head flat and chin up. The technologist will apply a gel to your neck. The gel is water based and will not irritate your skin or stain your clothing. The technologist will then place the transducer on your skin and adjust its position to image. After the procedure is complete a board certified radiologist will interpret your scan. The physician will go over your results with you.
UPMC Susquehanna's radiologists provide quality care for diagnostic imaging procedures, like thyroid ultrasounds, in Williamsport, PA.