Routine Thyroid cancer screening by ultrasound? You should say No
Screening by ultrasound for thyroid nodule and cancer is not a good idea.
Do not let your primary physician do routine ultrasound of your thyroid just because he has a portable unit like above, or has a sonographer doing studies on patients that need to be studied. Just say no to routine screening for thyroid nodules and cancer by ultrasound.
Clinical indications must be present to protect you from having a small micro-nodule biopsied and even an unnecessary thyroid surgery.
Thyroid ultrasound should be limited to evaluations in patients with known risk factors for cancer, such as family history of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer or radiation exposure, or a palpable thyroid gland with nodules or goiter.
Do not volunteer to have a thyroid ultrasound offered by your family ultrasound tech, or at a health fair.
Get an opinion to see if you have an indication to have an thyroid ultrasound before you do it.