Ultrasound of Salivary Glands and the Non-endocrine Neck

  • Robert A. Sofferman


The thyroid gland is situated in the lower mid neck but both inflammatory and malignant conditions of this organ system may involve other adjacent and distant cervical regions. In order to understand these relationships, it is instructive to subdivide the neck into sections. In the demonstration and reporting of the position of metastatic lymphadenopathy the neck is classically separated into six zones or levels. There are approximately 200–300 lymph nodes in the neck and facial region and these are distributed among each zone. Head and neck specialists must understand the relationship between lymph nodes and which structures or areas they reference. With this knowledge, the primary malignancy or source of inflammatory lymphadenopathy can be localized even before imaging.


Thyroid Carcinoma Thyroid Gland Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Parotid Gland Internal Jugular Vein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Vermont College of MedicineBurlingtonUSA

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