Thyroid ultrasound scans rely on high frequency sound waves to create an image of the thyroid gland. The thyroid ultrasound procedure is used to detect and diagnose a lump in the thyroid or a thyroid that is not properly functioning. Once diagnosed, if a cancerous tumor is discovered medical staff can move forward with thyroid cancer treatment.
Additional, because a thyroid ultrasound can provide a real-time image, the ultrasound can be used to guide medical staff during some procedures such as a biopsy. The thyroid ultrasound is one of the most accurate, non-invasive procedures for diagnosing problems with the thyroid and is completely safe as it uses no form of ionizing radiation for image production.