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A thyroid ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that produces pictures of your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam's apple.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a Sonographer with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Why is this procedure done?

This procedure is done to help diagnose a lump in the thyroid and to check the thyroid function.

Where is the procedure performed? 

University Imaging Center
University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 2nd Floor
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Is there any prep for this procedure?

No prep is necessary for this procedure.

What can I expect before the procedure?

Once you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will have to register at the front desk.  Please have your insurance information ready at this time.  After registration, you will be taken to the Ultrasound Department where you will be instructed to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

What can I expect during the procedure?

You will be lying on your back while a gel is applied to the area of the body being studied.  The Sonographer will then press the transducer firmly against the skin and move it back and forth over the area of interest.  Several images are captured during the procedure. There may be a little discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After an ultrasound exam, you may be asked to dress and wait until the ultrasound images are reviewed. You should be able to resume your normal activities.

Are there any risks to this procedure?

There are no known risks with this procedure.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

No alternatives are available for this procedure.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225.