An ultrasound of the neck uses high frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient's body. It is a painless test that is used in the medical field today. An ultrasound is also sometimes referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, or ultrasonography. At ENT Center of Utah, all head & neck ultrasounds are performed by our Oncologic Surgeons.
A neck ultrasound can be used to observe the thyroid gland to look for nodules, growths, or tumors.
An ultrasound of the neck is used to examine the carotid arteries located on each side of a patient's neck. The arteries deliver blood from your heart to your brain.
Ultrasound examinations are painless and easily tolerated by most patients. There may be minimal discomfort from pressure, as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. If the gel is not warmed prior to contact with the skin, it could produce a cold sensation.
Once the imaging is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing.
After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
In the event that abnormal lesions are found during neck sonography, the ultrasound can be used to guide a small needle so that a pin-point biopsy can be obtained. Ultrasound-guided biopsies often allow surgeons to obtain important diagnostic information without taking their patients to the operating room for a potentially unnecessary open biopsy procedure.