Thyroid Ultrasound

Thyroid Ultrasound at Accent Endocrinology

Accent’s Thyroid Center in Gainesville provides North Florida with state-of-the-art technology and world class care to diagnose and treat disorders of the thyroid.
The average healthy thyroid gland is only the size (and shape) of two thumbs held together, but for being so small, it plays a significant role in your overall health and wellbeing.

Known by its characteristic butterfly shape, the thyroid is located at the lower-front of the neck. Its main job is to secrete thyroid hormone which helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working as they should.

Because of its small size, abnormalities in the thyroid can be difficult to find, so physicians use ultrasound to detect and treat endocrine disorders. Thyroid Ultrasound is used to:
How Thyroid Ultrasound Works

A thyroid ultrasound is a safe and painless key tool for evaluating your thyroid and surrounding structures. The ultrasound requires the patient to lie down with their neck extended. Gel is applied the skin to allow high-frequency sound waves to pass through the skin. A wand-like device, called a transducer, is moved over the neck region to obtain a detailed real-time picture of the thyroid – no radiation or side effects. This very accurate test can easily determine if a nodule is solid or fluid filled, and it can help determine the precise size of the nodule. Ultrasound can help identify nodules that are suspicious for cancer. Ultrasound can identify nodules that are too small to feel during a physical examination and can be use to accurately guide a needle directly into a nodule when a nodule is suspicious and requires more in-depth evaluation. The ultrasound can be used to keep an eye on thyroid nodules that do not require surgery to determine if they are growing or shrinking over time. 

How Thyroid Ultrasound Works
Treatment at Accent Endocrinology
In addition to using the latest ultrasound technology to diagnose and manage thyroid disorders, Accent’s endocrinologists provide on-the-spot evaluation of your test results. Rather than rely on technicians the physicians at Accent perform the ultrasounds so they see your study in real-time, immediately examine the results, and discuss them with you to determine your management plan more efficiently.
At Accent Endocrinology, our goal is to provide you with an individualized, state of the art assessment of your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a key component of the Endocrine System. It is located in the front of your neck, just below the thyroid cartilage; the thyroid cartilage is known commonly as the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is a factory that produces thyroid hormone, which then travels through the blood stream to signal different parts of your body. The thyroid gland can develop structural problems, such as overall enlargement (called a goiter) or growths within the gland called nodules. The thyroid can also have functional problems, such as under-activity (hypothyroidism) or over-activity (hyperthyroidism). There are many tests that an Endocrinologist may use to identify and treat a thyroid problem. These tests include blood-work, imaging tests such as a Neck Ultrasound, nuclear medicine tests, and sometimes Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
We are confident that our team of Endocrine and ENT physicians will provide you with the most up to date treatments available for your thyroid problem. Each of our Endocrinologists is Fellowship trained, with expertise in real-time bedside Ultrasound examinations of the thyroid gland. We perform Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) of the thyroid, and are able to examine your sample immediately for specimen adequacy. Some individuals may warrant surgical treatment. If needed, we can quickly refer you to an experienced thyroid surgeon and coordinate personally with the surgeon to optimize your care.
If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to learn more about the services we provide, please call us at (352) 372-9414. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors, contact us today!
Accent Endocrinology | 4340 Newberry Road, Suite 301 | Gainesville, FL 32607 | Map | Tel: (352) 372-9414