Ultrasound Does a Great Job
The thyroid gland is an amazing, delicate and very important organ found in the neck, usually just below the Adam’s Apple. Wrapped around the trachea (windpipe), this butterfly-shaped gland secretes hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs working properly.
As with other organs in our body, the thyroid sometimes develops unusual growths or doesn’t function normally. Abnormal growths called nodules, which sometimes develop on the thyroid, are actually quite common. They occur in about 15 to 70 percent of all adults, depending upon age, and more than 90 percent are non-cancerous. These nodules are often accidentally discovered when a patient is having an imaging exam such as a CT, PET or MRI, or by “palpation,” when a physician (or patient) actually feels them by touching the neck.