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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ammu Susheela, M.D. [2]

Overview

Neck ultrasound may be performed to detect anaplastic thyroid cancer.

Key Echocardiography/Ultrasound Findings in Anaplastic thyroid cancer

  • Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of structures in the body. Ultrasound can be used to:
  • Detect whether a lump is solid or cystic (filled with fluid)
  • Detect multiple thyroid nodules when only one can be felt
  • Monitor a suspicious nodule
  • Guide a biopsy needle into a thyroid nodule[1]

References

  1. Thyroid Cancer Canadian Cancer Society (2015). http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/thyroid/diagnosis/?region=sk- Accessed on November, 19 2015



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