Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the thyroid to assess for masses, cysts and thyroid disease (i.e. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis). The person who performs the ultrasound exam is called a sonographer.
The patient is asked to lie on an examination bed on your back with a pillow under your neck and shoulders. You may be asked to remove clothing or accessories (scarf, necklace etc) that restrict access to both sides of your neck. You may be asked to turn your head to the right or left side. A water-soluble gel is applied to the neck to help the ultrasound transducer (wand) move smoothly over the skin and produce better images (at CURE Diagnostics we warm the gel before applying). The sonographer will gently place the transducer on your neck and move it back and forth to image the thyroid.
The acquired images (sonograms) are interpreted by a registered diagnostic medical sonographer then sent to a board-certified radiologist for creation of a diagnostic ultrasound report detailing your results and diagnosis.