Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones.
Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. While primary care doctors know a lot about the human anatomy, for diseases and conditions directly related to the glands they typically will send patients to an endocrinologist.
The glands in the body release hormones and endocrinologists treat patients who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system. The overall goal is to provide treatment that restores the normal balance of hormones found in the patient’s body. Some of the most common conditions treated by an endocrinologist include:
• Lack of Growth
• Metabolic Disorders
• Thyroid Disease
• Cancers of the endocrine glands
• Over – or under-production of hormones
• Cholesterol Disorders
The endocrine system contains a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones to the body for a wide array of functions, which control may different bodily functions including:
• Sensory perception
• Sexual development
An ultrasound of the thyroid produces a picture of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue. It is one of nine endocrine glands located throughout the body that make and send hormones into the bloodstream.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. You may eat or drink normally the morning of your thyroid ultrasound.
During a fine needle aspiration of the thyroid, a small sample of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple and is shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes on either side of the neck connected by a narrow band of tissue.
Nodules or abnormalities in the body are often detected by imaging examinations. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a nodule is benign (non-cancerous) or cancerous.
A needle biopsy, also called a needle aspiration, involves removing some cells – either surgically or in a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle – from a suspicious area within the body and examining them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.
Please notify your physician if you are taking any blood thinning agents.