A complete assessment of the thyroid gland comprises several parts (duration: approximately one hour):
- Medical history – detailed conversation with a member of staff and our physician regarding the complaints
- Blood sample taken to analyze thyroid hormones or antibodies against parts of the thyroid gland
- Thyroid scintigram – a very small amount of a radioactive substance (Technetium) is injected intravenously: after an exposure time of approx. 20 minutes, images are made using a gamma camera.
- Ultrasound scan – exact size and structure (nodes) is determined.
- Overall thyroid findings with assessment (diagnosis) and therapy recommendation is sent to the referring physician.
No special preparation
No thyroid medications should be taken on the day of the examination.