Examination procedure

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.

Patient preparation

No special preparation

No thyroid medications should be taken on the day of the examination.