Thyroid and Salivary Gland Ultrasound

Thyroid and Salivary Gland Ultrasound

What preparation is needed for a thyroid or salivary gland ultrasound?

There is no specific preparation for a thyroid or salivary gland ultrasound but please wear something that makes your neck easily accessible. If you have had an ultrasound on either of these areas in the past, please bring any images or reports you have to the appointment.

What do you look at in a thyroid or salivary gland ultrasound?

In a thyroid ultrasound, the thyroid gland (which lies in front of your windpipe in your throat) will be interrogated thoroughly. The sonographer will also look around the neck and document anything relevant.

In a salivary gland ultrasound, the sonographer will look at your salivary glands that lie under your jaw and in your cheeks. They will also scan around your neck and document anything relevant.

What will happen during the exam?

You will need to lie on the ultrasound bed with your head tilted back to allow the sonographer access to your neck. She will put gel on your skin and slide the transducer around your neck and face examining the anatomy from different angles.

What happens after the exam?

The sonographer will tell you any significant findings from the exam. She will write a report and that will be emailed to you and your referring doctor within 24 hours.

How long does a thyroid or salivary gland ultrasound take?

The ultrasound will take approximately 15 minutes.