Thyroid scan

Thyroid test

A scan to investigate the function of the thyroid

What is a thyroid scan?

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 during the scan? 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 about 45 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After the scan 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 head and neck specialists, who are experienced in managing problems with the thyroid or thyroid conditions.

Our locations in London

From complex thyroid surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide exceptional diagnostic care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Private Thyroid scan in Birmingham

Book an appointment

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

Call us today

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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