The thyroid and neck ultrasound scan is used for diagnosing suspected thyroid disease, for example, a lump in the thyroid or a thyroid that is not functioning properly. Swelling on the neck is the most common reason why our clients book an ultrasound scan appointment with us.
It is more common to feel lumps on the neck as the structures are superficial. In most cases, these lumps are normal re-active lymph nodes and a neck ultrasound scan will help to confirm this. Salivary glands often also cause discomfort or get swollen due to small stones stuck in salivary ducts.
The purpose of this neck scan is to evaluate:
The Thyroid gland
Adjacent structures in the neck
Reasons for having a Thyroid and Neck ultrasound scan:
History of thyroid problems
To check the appearance of a known thyroid nodule
Determine the nature and origin of a lump arising from the neck
Swelling of the salivary glands
To evaluate the neck for any signs of lymphadenopathy i.e. swollen lymph nodes
Difficulty in Swallowing
Preparation for the thyroid ultrasound scan
No preparation is necessary for this scan.
What should I expect during the neck ultrasound scan?
Before the neck scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. For this ultrasound scan, you will have to expose your neck and move any jewellery. We will place a small amount of gel on your neck and the transducer will slide up and down your neck to obtain the images During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.