A thyroid / neck ultrasound is used to assess for any abnormalities in the salivary or thyroid gland. It is also used to assess the lymph nodes in your neck.
Your doctor might request an ultrasound of your neck to assess for thyroid nodules, or any lumps you can feel, or to investigate neck pain.
There is no preparation required for a neck ultrasound.
You will be asked to lie on an examination bed flat on your back with your neck extended back to provide enough space for the transducer to image the neck / thyroid gland. Gel will be applied to the skin and the transducer will be placed gently on the skin. Images will be obtained of the glands in the neck.
The examination takes between 10 – 20 minutes.