Take the Proper Precautions with Ultrasound Guided Biopsy Manhattan

POSTED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2013 AT 9:27 AM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

Life can bring about unexpected moments and changes. Stress within the workplace or at home, weight issues, and fatigue can all take an emotional toll on the body. In some cases, these symptoms may seem harmless, but often times may indicate a signal of distress for your thyroid. Symptoms of thyroid concerns vary and can include unusual weight gain or weight loss, increased fatigue, even difficulty handling temperatures. Aside from these conditions, patients may experience what are known as thyroid nodules. Thyroid nodules rest on the thyroid gland, and although usually harmless, can become cancerous.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, resting just above the collarbone. Controlling our metabolic system, the thyroid gland is responsible for secreting hormones into the blood stream to control the rate organs and cells turn nutrients into energy. The thyroid is also responsible for controlling growth, body temperature, muscle strength, and appetite. With so much command over several body functions, it is important to have any abnormal conditions examined, including thyroid nodules.

Thyroid nodules generally do not cause any symptoms. However, if a nodule grows large enough, it can cause compression on the windpipe or esophagus, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and less commonly, hoarseness in the vocal cords. In comparison, nodules that are smaller often go undetected and are not noticed until patients have a CT Scan or MRI for another occurring condition in the neck area. Additionally, thyroid nodules may produce an excess amount of hormones, causing what is known as hyperthyroidism.  Hyperthyroidism causes weight loss, speedy heart rate, and sensitivity to heat.

Although these nodules are usually harmless, it is important to take precaution. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we specialize in the Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy in Manhattan. Our ultrasound technology will assist in indicating the size, features, and if there is more than one nodule. Using high-frequency sound waves, the Ultrasound provides an accurate image to help determine if the nodule is solid or fluid filled. It will also determine the size and exact location of the nodule to help guide the needle during biopsy. Using a fine needle, the Ultrasound Guided Biopsy reaches deep into the thyroid, collecting a sample of tissue. This tissue is then examined for any abnormities.    

In addition to Ultrasound Guided Biopsy for the Thyroid, we can use this technology to examine the liver, breast, abdomen, prostate, and thyroid. It can also diagnose multiple palpable masses, including fibroids, kidney stones, and uterine bleeding. Learn more about Ultrasound Guided Biopsy in Manhattan

If you suspect you may have a thyroid disorder, come in to Park Avenue Radiologists for your Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy. If you have any questions about the Ultrasound Guided Biopsy, contact our office at 212.888.1000, or request an appointment online today!


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