Thyroid scan

Thyroid test

A scan to investigate the function of the thyroid


The thyroid is a gland in the neck. It can be affected by several diseases. You can test for these in a thyroid scan, which is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Our clinicians have experience of all aspects of thyroid disease and offer diagnostic services and treatment for every thyroid condition.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    A small amount of radioactive material known as a 'tracer' will be injected into a vein in your arm that localises in the thyroid. This takes around 20 minutes. It's then possible to get images by using a camera that scans the thyroid area of your neck. The camera works with a computer to create images that detail your thyroid’s structure and function, based on how it interacts with the radioactive tracer. It's an entirely painless procedure that doesn't require anaesthetic. The entire test will take roughly 45 minutes.
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    There is no preparation for this test and you may eat and drink normally. Please advise our staff if you have had any other radiological contrast procedures (CT, IVU) in the past six weeks or take thyroxine or iodine tablets. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should tell your consultant prior to booking the appointment.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Our team offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to all thyroid disorders. Depending on the results of your scan, there may be collaboration between our consultants as to the best course of treatment for your individual case. Complex cases are discussed at a weekly thyroid multidisciplinary team meeting where the most appropriate and comprehensive recommendation is made for each patient.

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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