Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsies
Thyroid biopsy under Ultrasound Guidance
During the Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy, the patient is made comfortable on the ultrasound table positioned with a pillow under the shoulders, extending the neck. The patient’s neck is cleaned with betadine and a sterile drape is placed over the area. The radiologist inserts a very thin needle into the area being biopsied and a sample of cells and fluid is taken. Typically, three samples are taken from the area.
Following the Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy, the area will be cleaned and a small band aid is applied to the site. Biopsy results typically are available within 24 to 48 hours.
Preparation for Thyroid Biopsies
In preparation for a thyroid biopsy, patients are required to stop taking the following oral medications five days prior to the procedure: prescription blood thinners (consult personal physician), Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Vitamin E and Fish Oil.