A thyroid ultrasound is a non-invasive exam that employs pulses of high frequency sound waves to image and assess the thyroid gland. This small endocrine gland, situated just below the position of the “Adams’s apple” on the front of the neck, regulates the body’s metabolism and can result in a wide range of conditions and symptoms when its function is impaired.
If your symptoms indicate that you may have an issue with your thyroid, this exam will allow your practitioner to check the thyroid for nodules or cysts, assess the thyroids size and shape and possibly discover any deviation from its optimal functioning.
Should your practitioner be concerned about nodules on your thyroid, he/she may also request that you undergo an ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy. This process involves the image guided insertion of a very fine needle into the thyroid, in order to obtain a small tissue sample. The sample will be sent to the laboratory for testing and the results forwarded to your physician. Should you require this procedure, your practitioner will discuss the process with you in greater detail, so that you may understand and consent to the exam before proceeding.
Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.
This exam is covered under the Alberta Health Care Plan.