The Neck: Thyroid Gland


The Neck: Thyroid Gland

Table 4.52 Enlarged thyroid





US: Diffusely enlarged hypoechoic gland with increased vascularity. If multinodular, goiter is enlarged and asymmetrical with several focal nodules of mixed echogenicity.

Correlate with antibody results and NM.


US: unilateral, more common on left.

Due to hypertrophy of single lobe or dysfunction.


US: Findings depend on stage, usually diffuse or focal hypoechogenicity and enlargement of both lobes. Doppler shows no increased vascularity.

Clinical signs of thyrotoxicosis in 50%.

Table 4.53 Thyroid mass




Cyst (usually colloid)

US: hypo-/anechoic mass. If any solid component, requires work-up for thyroid malignancy.

MRI: may appear bright on T1 due to hemorrhage, colloid, or high protein.

Uncommon in young children. True thyroid cysts are rare.


Fig. 4.172

US: hypoechoic or anechoic mass, ± internal echoes if infected.

CT: rim-enhancing mass with central low density.

Rare. Suggests congenital pyriform sinus fistula—correlate with barium swallow or fistulogram.


US: Either increased or decreased echogenicity. Classically have hypoechoic halo around isoechoic mass.


May be single or multiple.

May be hyper- or nonfunctioning.


Fig. 4.173

US: Primary imaging modality showing either solid or cystic mass usually hypoechoic but may have hyperechoic calcification. Cervical lymphadenopathy seen in 90%.

Rare. Ninety percent are papillary; three-quarters of cases occur in females.

Neck and chest CECT and bone scan are required for staging.

Fig. 4.172 Abscess with a fairly well-defined, hypoechoic mass with internal echoes on transverse US of left thyroid.
Fig. 4.173 Papillary carcinoma with a diffuse solid mass with calcification involving both lobes on transverse US of the thyroid gland.

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