Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Tests and procedures used to diagnose Hurthle cell cancer include:
Jan. 24, 2015
- Physical exam. Your doctor will examine your neck, checking the size of your thyroid and seeing whether your lymph nodes are swollen.
- Blood tests. They may reveal abnormalities in your thyroid function that give your doctor more information about your condition.
- Imaging tests. They can help your doctor determine whether an abnormal growth is present in the thyroid. Imaging tests may include ultrasound, CT scan, MRI and positron emission tomography (PET).
- Removing a sample of thyroid tissue for testing (biopsy). During a thyroid biopsy, a fine needle is passed through the skin of your neck guided by ultrasound images. The needle is attached to a syringe, which withdraws a sample of thyroid tissue. The sample is analyzed in a laboratory for signs of cancer.
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