Thyroid ultrasound and thyroid scintigraphy

Diagnostic procedure

One of our doctors will take plenty of time to fully discuss your symptoms, any previously performed tests and treatments, as well as the procedure of the planned examination.

Typically, an ultrasound will be taken of your thyroids. This will determine the size of the thyroids, thyroid tissue texture, and, if nodules are found, they can be measured and documented. For identifying lumps/nodes, it is particularly useful to move on to a thyroid scintigraphy.

In thyroid scintigraphy, a trace amount of a radioactive substance will be injected into your arm. In a few minutes, the substance will be taken up by the cells of the thyroid. The radioactive exposure is similar to a conventional X-ray. Allergic reactions have never been noted.

After about 15 min for the substance to take effect, you will lie on your back, and the “gamma camera” will be positioned in front of your thyroids (over your head). This machine is not a closed tunnel. Instead, it is open on both sides, and makes no noise. Therefore, patients suffering from claustrophobia tolerate the process well. Throughout the examination, one of our medical technicians will assist you and remain within hearing distance.

The resulting images will be printed out and given to the consulting doctor.

Your doctor will discuss the results with you during a final consultation. Usually, you will be able to take the medical report and the images with you when you are leaving the clinic.