Ultrasound (also called sonography) is an imaging technique used to visualize organs and structures in the body using sound waves. An ultrasound of the thyroid is performed to rule out masses or cysts.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Please tell scheduler if the patient has a tracheotomy.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially trained and accredited ultrasound technologist.

The patient will lie on an exam table on his or back, without a pillow. The neck will be extended and a warm gel will be applied to the area. The technologist will move the transducer (probe) over the surface of the throat, sometimes asking the patient to not swallow or breathe.

The exam will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

You will be able to resume normal activities upon your release.

All exams are reviewed by a radiologist, and a report will be sent to your ordering physician.

Please note that while the images are available for immediate viewing, the ultrasound technologist is not permitted to give results of your test during the exam. Only a Radiologist or trained physician is permitted to interpret the exam images.