Thyroid Scan

The thyroid gland is inside the front of the lower neck. The gland assists with making sure the body maintains a proper metabolism. A thyroid scan looks at how effective the thyroid gland is working and its arrangement. The scan uses a radioactive iodine substance, sometimes in the form of a pill. The child takes in the radioactive substance and it settles in the thyroid. The scan locates the thyroid gland where the radioactive substance has settled and projects an image of the thyroid gland. A thyroid scan looks for cancer, nodules, growths, masses and tries to find the source of an overactive thyroid.

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