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Old 04-20-2006, 11:31 AM   #1
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Ultrasound Report

I received the ultrasound report for my thyroid but I don't understand it. Does anyone know what this means?

Findings: Sonography of the thyroid gland does not show convincing sizable thyroid tissue in the region of the thyroid fossa, however, I could not exclude a small miniscule amount of tissue or aberrant thyroid tissue elsewhere near the neck. For this reason, thyroid nuclear scar is recommended to entirely exclude the possibility of residual thyroid tissue.

Impression: No demonstrable thyroid tissue. Please note recommendation above.

Does anyone understand this?

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Old 04-20-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: Ultrasound Report

From what I can make of it it seems that they are saying that there is no thyroid left, except maybe a small amount, Alot of double talk it looks like.

 
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #3
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>>From what I can make of it it seems that they are saying that there is no thyroid left, except maybe a small amount<<

Thank you for your reply. When they say "thyroid tissue", are they talking about the thyroid gland or thyroid nodules? Also, what is a aberrant thryoid tissue? I was reading it as I don't have thyroid nodules in the thyroid gland but he couldn't rule out the possible nodule in the neck, which is making me nervous. My doctor hasn't called me yet but I've called her office twice so far and they said she will call me before 5:00pm. Does anyone know what this means?

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I think they mean thyroid nuclear SCAN, not thyroid nuclear scar. Found some info on the UMM (University of Maryland Medical Center) education site.

"A thyroid scan is a nuclear medicine examination that uses the emissions of gamma rays from radioactive iodine to help determine whether a patient has thyroid problems, including hyperthyroidism , cancer , or other growths."

You take a pill that contains radioactive iodine, and then you will wait as the iodine collects in the thyroid -if there is any left. The first scan is usually 4 - 6 hours after the iodine has been ingested, and another scan may be taken 24-hours later.

After the radioiactive iodine has been absorbed by any thyroid that is left, a scanner detects the gamma rays emitted. So, if you have any thyroid cancer left, this will find it. A computer will display images of anything that has absorbed the iodine.

Hope this is what they mean.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:19 PM   #5
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Thank you for looking up that information for me. I did have a thyroid scan done about 10 years ago. I'm trying to fiqure out what this report means? Are they saying that I don't have any nodules in the thyroid but I might have one in the neck area? I'm confused and everything I type into Google comes up with cancer and it's scareing me.

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Old 04-20-2006, 12:45 PM   #6
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Sorry Bernice, I tend to be a little forgetful - I thought you were the person with cancer - you have graves!! SORRY
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I had an overactive thyroid 10 years ago. I had a thyroid scan and an ultrasound done. Basically, I had a multinodular goiter with a background of graves. My thyroid specialist gave me a radioactive iodine pill which killed part of my thyroid. I then became underactive and was put on Synthroid (different doses until they found the right one). We moved across country but the very last visit to my thyroid specialist, he felt no more nodules. They either went down or went away. After moving here, I've been seeing a regular family doctor who does bloodwork once a year. In 7 years, they changed my dose on the Synthroid only once. It was working great for me. Then because my insurance will pay only for a generic brand, she put me on Levothyroxine. Since I've been on the Levothyroxine, my thyroid has been off every year for the past 3 years and they have to keep changing my dose, then 2 months later I get it checked and it's OK until my yearly bloodwork. So I decided to go to a Thyroid specialist around here. I had an appointment yesterday. She said that this radioactive Iodine Pill shrunk my Thyroid to almost nothing. She also felt 2 lumps (one on each side of my thyroid) but she feels that it's my cartilage that she's feeling and she also think that the lumps are just fatty tissue. I'm going to have an ultrasound done but I'm nervous that these nodules came back. She also measured my eyes. One is 11 and the other one is 16 but she said they are both in the normal range. She put me back on Synthroid and now we have to mess around with the dose to try and find the right one. My insurance will probably pay for it if they say I can only take Synthroid. Can the Radioactive Iodine Pill shrink your thyroid? Can fatty tissue feel like lumps? I'm nervous. Any suggestions?

Thank You,

Bernice
Okay, so maybe they want to know if you have any thyroid left or want to get rid of any thyroid that is there. I thought that was what they SOMETIMES do for people with graves. You had an RAI - that ususally does "kill off the thyroid" I think?? I need for one of the gaves people to help out here - didn't mean to scare you - I am sorry!!!!
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