The thyroid gland is easily to visualize due to its superficial location, size, and echogenicity. Many of the abnormalities of the thyroid need evaluation and close monitoring, making point-of-care ultrasound a useful bedside tool. Thyroid ultrasound can easily identify nodules, cysts, masses and also help in visualization during a diagnostic procedure .
KeywordsThyroid Ultrasound Point-of-care ultrasound
Scan through enlarged, heterogeneous thyroid gland (WMV 147 kb)
An anterior thyroid vein seen with Doppler ultrasound. Ultrasound can be performed prior to a procedure such as a percutaneous tracheotomy to monitor for vessels. Note the lack of pulsatile flow which ensures that the vessel is not arterial. Image courtesy of Mangala Narasimhan (WMV 811 kb)
A wire is seen passing through the thyroid while a central line is being placed. Image courtesy of Mangala Narasimhan (WMV 750 kb)
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