Imaging Services - Patient Instructions
A thyroid biopsy is performed to obtain a specimen of the thyroid tissue so the lab can evaluate it.
Before the thyroid biopsy
Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure. You may resume these medications the day after your procedure unless otherwise instructed.
During the thyroid biopsy
Ultrasound is used to locate the thyroid nodule prior to being biopsied. A Radiologist is the Doctor who performs the biopsy. Once the Radiologist enters the room, he/she will then begin preparation for the biopsy. The patient will lie on their back. An alcohol solution will be usd to clean the skin surface to sterilize the neck. Sterile drapes will be used to maintain a sterile/clean field around the neck. The Radiologist will then use local anesthesia to numb the skin. During the biopsy the skin is numbed with local anesthesia. Ultrasound is used to guide the placement of the needle into the thyroid nodule. Several samples are taken for analysis. The tissue will be sent to the Laboratory Department to determine a diagnosis. Length of the examination is 60 minutes.
After the thyroid biopsy
Most people can return to work or daily routine the same day, however, avoid any vigorous physical activity for 24 hours. Your physician will contact you to discuss the results in approximately 3-4 days after the biopsy. If you have not heard the results after the 4th day, please contact your Doctor’s office.
Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or contact Imaging Services at (320) 255-5619.
Your appointment is on:
Date: ________________ Time: ________________ at the following location:
____ St. Cloud Hospital - please check in at Door A / South Entrance
____ CentraCare Health Plaza - please check in at Woodlands Entrance
|St. Cloud Hospital
1406 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
|CentraCare Health Plaza
1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303