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Thyroid hormones interact with almost every tissue and essentially keep your body in a balanced state. Therefore, when thyroid issues occur, the body is affected in multiple ways and greatly affects a person’s health. Our state of the art diagnostic and treatment modalities offers you the very best options to find what works best for you.

Thyroid Ultrasound
This painless procedure is a non-invasive imaging technology that uses high frequency inaudible sound waves to examine the neck. A plastic probe sweeps the surface of the skin to scan the thyroid gland. The probe emits ultrasound waves that penetrate the skin and return to the probe as they encounter other tissues. A computer analyzes these response sounds and produces a picture of the thyroid. This technique is similar to the ultrasound used during pregnancy.

Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
A biopsy to obtain tissue for analysis is the best technique for detecting or ruling out the presence of cancer. In the past, thyroid biopsies involved taking a large or core section of the thyroid, which was often difficult for patients. The Fine Needle Aspiration biopsy is now a much simpler process and does not require any downtime. Patients are able to return to normal activity immediately following the procedure. A very small needle is passed through the skin into the mass. Results are available between 3-14 days.

Fine Needle Aspiration is also performed to treat thyroid cysts. Aspiration of the cyst with a needle and syringe can shrink the welling from the cyst and the fluid removed can be analyzed for cancer.

Gene Expression Test with Afirma Thyroid FNA Analysis
Up to 30% of thyroid nodule biopsies are found to be inconclusive for cancer. To diminish the need for diagnostic surgery, we offer a state-of-the-art method to test the genetic profiles of thyroid nodules in an office setting. This method is helpful in avoiding unnecessary surgery and minimizing costs.