January is Thyroid Awareness Month, which aims to bring awareness and education to issues related to the thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland at the front of your neck that controls how your body uses energy. When you have a thyroid gland issue, your body’s systems may not be working properly. If your doctor suspects that a thyroid condition may be at the root of your symptoms or issues, he or she may order a thyroid test to evaluate the health of your thyroid. Below, we will touch on a few thyroid tests you should know about.
You may have recently noticed a small bump called a nodule on your thyroid gland and brought this to your doctor’s attention. Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid-filled lumps that form within your thyroid, a small gland located at the base of your neck, just above your breastbone.
The great majority of thyroid nodules aren’t serious and don’t cause symptoms, but a small percentage can be cancerous. Your doctor may recommend a diagnostic radiology procedure called a thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy to test a sample of the nodule and ensure it is benign. Below, we will discuss what […]