Re: Ultrasound Report
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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