Common Endorine problems and Procedures.
Bone Density (DEXA scan)
During DEXA, you lie on an examination table. An x-ray detector scans a bone region, and the amount of x-rays that pass through bone are measured and displayed as an image that is interpreted by a radiologist or metabolic bone expert. The test causes no discomfort, involves no injections or special preparation, and usually takes only five to 10 minutes.
Thyroid Biopsy (Fine needle aspiration cytology of thyroid nodule)
Patients are asked to lie down with the neck exposed. The neck is sterilized. A small amount of local anesthetic is injected into the skin at the area of the nodule. The patient is asked to hold their breath and avoid swallowing (this minimizes movement). A fine-gauge needle is inserted 4 to 6 times into the nodule to gather tissue. The entire procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes. A band aid is placed over the area following the procedure. Specimens obtained are sent to pathology for evaluation
What is radioiodine therapy?
If you have an overactive thyroid gland or have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, your endocrinologist may prescribe radioactive iodine (radioiodine) as part of your overall treatment. You, your family, and your coworkers may have some questions about this therapy.