An ultrasound of the thyroid is typically used:
- to determine if a lump in the neck is arising from the thyroid or an adjacent structure
- to analyse the appearance of thyroid nodules and determine if they are the more common benign nodule or if the nodule has features of malignant tumour that require a biopsy. If biopsy is required, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration can help improve accuracy of the biopsy.
- to look for additional nodules in patients with one or more nodules felt on physical exam
- to see if a thyroid nodule has substantially grown over time
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