Thyroid fine needle aspiration (FNA)
What is a Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)? The thyroid is a soft gland in the front of the neck,…Read more
This study may not be suitable for pregnant women. The benefit versus risk should be discussed with the nuclear medicine specialist.
Women who are breastfeeding and people who are the primary or sole carer for small children may need to make special preparations after the test to stop breastfeeding for a short time and to avoid close contact with young children due to the small amount of radioactivity released for a while after the test. Patients should discuss this with their referring doctor or the nuclear medicine practice where they will have the test for details. See nuclear medicine for further information about the precautions to take with nuclear medicine studies for breastfeeding patients and those in close contact with children.
Please contact the nuclear medicine department for scanning bed weight limits.
There are no known associated risks, but the patient will be receiving a dose of ionising radiation (see radiation risk of medical imaging for adults and children). If the patient is pregnant or breast feeding, please contact the nuclear medicine department with regards to proceeding with the scan.
Ultrasound is routinely used in assessment of the thyroid gland, in particular for characterisation of thyroid nodules. Non contrast CT scan may also be used to assess retro-sternal extent or compressive effects of an enlarged thyroid gland.
Radiopharmaceuticals 123I and 131I capsules, given orally, may be used instead of Sodium Pertechnetate 99mTc however the indications for their use are different to the routine indications for use of a Sodium Pertechnetate scan.
Contact your nuclear medicine physician to discuss relative merits.
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