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Thyroid scintigraphy with SPECT/CT at Vinmec Times City International Hospital

Posted by Master, Doctor Dinh Van Thuyet - Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine - Vinmec Times City International Hospital
Thyroid scintigraphy with a specialized SPECT/CT machine is a very useful method to evaluate the function of the thyroid gland and thyroid nodules. For differentiated thyroid cancer, thyroid scintigraphy can provide a lot of information such as the status of thyroid parenchyma remaining after surgery, cervical lymph nodes and distant metastases....

1. What is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the front of the neck. The thyroid gland produces and stores essential hormones that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and control metabolism.

2. What is an overactive thyroid?

Hyperthyroidism (Basedow's disease) is a condition in which the thyroid gland secretes too much hormone, causing an increase in the body's metabolism leading to weight loss, rapid heart rate, sweating, feeling hot...

3. What is a nodular goiter?


Thyroid nodule is a solid or fluid-filled organ in the thyroid gland. You won't know you have a thyroid nodule until you have been examined by a doctor and discovered by physical examination, ultrasound, or other imaging. However, some thyroid nodules are so large that they can be seen and cause difficulty swallowing and breathing.
Most thyroid nodules are benign and cause no symptoms. Only a very small number (several percent) of thyroid nodules are cancerous.
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4. What is a thyroid scan?


This is a special technique that uses the SPECT/CT device to provide information about the thyroid condition including size, shape, location and especially thyroid function, information that these techniques Other routine imaging techniques are not available.
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5. When should a thyroid scan be performed?


Thyroid scan is usually prescribed by the doctor in the following cases:
Large thyroid gland, goiter pathology Thyroid has one or more nodules, it is necessary to evaluate the functional status of the thyroid nodules. Suspicion of thyroiditis (acute and chronic) Suspicion of hyperthyroidism syndrome (Basedow's disease) Evaluation of hypothyroidism Suspicion of ectopic thyroid gland Evaluation of post-operative status for thyroid cancer ... In Some cases when thyroid hormone abnormalities are detected
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Hình ảnh tuyến giáp lạc chỗ vùng gốc lưỡi phát hiện trên SPECT/CT

6. What to prepare when going to the examination and thyroid scan?


Bring full old records (results of medical examination, ultrasound, blood tests, medications being used...). Notify the status of pregnancy and lactation (if any) to medical staff before performing the service.

7. Why should thyroid scan at Vinmec?


Vinmec uses the SPECT/CT Discovery NM/CT 670 Pro system with the most modern 16-sequence CT of the world's leading medical equipment company GE Healthcare (USA), for high quality images, helping to diagnose diseases early. reasons for investigation. Vinmec's medical staff are experienced, well-trained at home and abroad, so they can advise and provide maximum support to customers during the shooting process, even for foreign customers. Vinmec hospital's high quality service will satisfy customers. For advice on bone scintigraphy, please contact the Nuclear Medicine unit hotline, Vinmec Times City International General Hospital: 0979 866 368 or register online HERE

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