Thyroid Ultrasound? You don’t have an indication? Just say No.
What are the indications?
- nodule or goiter
- Screening ultrasound by GP found this micronodule.
- Patient with no indications had a biopsy and surgery
- for nothing. Just say no
- Family history of thyroid
- Family history of autoimmune thyroid disease. Graves’ or Hashimoto’s
- Hypothyroid without prior surgery or radiation ( most likely Hashimoto’s ).
- Palpable neck lymph nodes
- High Calcium hyperparathyroidism for localization.
- Neck mass near the thyroid: Congenital neck cysts
- Thyroglassal duct cyst or Bronchial cleft cyst
20. Positive PET/CT uptake in the thyroid incidentally found with other cancer studies
21. Ultrasound of Carotid: incidental thyroid nodule found.
22.Endocrinologist opinion an thyroid ultrasound is needed.
23. Thyroid cancer evaluation before and after surgery including neck lymph nodes.
Do not let your primary physician do screening ultrasound of your thyroid just because he has a portable unit. Just say no to routine screening for thyroid nodules and cancer by ultrasound.Clinical indications must be present because a small harmless nodule seen on screening can lead to a biopsy, a suspicious result, and then a surgery. Thyroid surgery has complications that would not have happen if you refused the initial gateway ultrasound.