Thyroid gland ultrasound

Thyroid gland ultrasound is one of the most informative methods in diagnosis diseases of the thyroid gland. It allows to visualize the gland structure clearly, to see regions of inflammation and to predict the functional state of the gland. Doppler Duplex Scan shows the vascularization of the gland, which allows to predict its functional activity (which has to be confirmed by laboratory testing). The presence and the peculiarities of the nodules can also be checked with sonography. A special scale allows predicting if the nodule is suspicious for malignancy of if it resembles a benign lesion.

When do you need to undergo thyroid sonography?

1. All people should do thyroid ultrasound at least once in 5 years to check for nodules. Ukraine is a country with high risk for malignant thyroid lesions since the tragedy of Chornobyl`. Most of the nodules don’t cause any symptoms at all, so it’s better to check for them at least once in a while.
2. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy it is important to check the thyroid gland, the sooner — the better. Thyroid gland is responsible for many aspects of the development of an embryo — especially in the first weeks of pregnancy. Dysfunction of thyroid gland can also be responsible for infertility.
3. You feel like something bothers you in the front area of the neck. Maybe you even noticed some enlargement in that area. That discomfort can be caused by thyroid gland inflammation or enlargement.
4. You have gained some weight, lost some hair, feel tired all the time, have unstable mood — it may not be caused low level of thyroid hormones, but sometimes it is.
5. You have lost some weight, feel the heart beating faster than usual, see your fingers trembling, have some discomfort in your eyes, maybe you also have a slight fever — that could be symptoms of overproduction of thyroid hormones.

Sumy Laser Clinic conducts a contemporary injection method for thyroid diseases’ treatment. Some of those require steroid hormones like dexamethasone or prednisolone to treat them. A common way to give these drugs to the patient is in a form of tablets each day for a rather long period of time. In this occasion there can occur side effects like weight gain, high blood pressure or high levels of blood sugar. Here in our clinic we provide an injection method to deliver the steroid hormones directly to the thyroid gland. It allows to create a high concentration of the medicine in the gland without its high concentration in the blood. The procedure is almost painless. In a couple of minutes you can go home. Usually, 1-3 injections over a period of 1-2 months are required dependent on the disease severity.

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