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1. What is a Neck Ultrasound scan?
The neck can be the source of various problems and sometimes the symptoms experienced and described along with a physical assessment is not enough for a diagnosis. A simple neck ultrasound scan will help you find your problem and support your doctor to decide on the best course of action.
2. Neck Ultrasound: Commons conditions and causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor
Common conditions and causes
You may be experiencing discomfort and pain due to a neck lump, mass or swelling, please be assured that there can be various reasons for this. Common causes include:
– Swollen glands (lymph nodes), often caused by viruses, infections or colds
– Bacterial infections such as tonsillitis
– Common Thyroid problems (temporary or permanent)
– Stone in the salivary duct
There are other less common, more serious causes of neck lumps, masses and swellings which include:
– Infections associated with long-term conditions such as HIV
– Autoimmune diseases
– Cancer (Thyroid cancer, cancers of tissues in the head or neck or cancers of nearby organs such as breast, lung or throat cancer and some types of skin cancer)
Neck lumps, masses or swellings can originate from several places around the neck including:
– Arteries, veins or muscles in the neck
– Salivary gland
– Thyroid gland
– Trachea (windpipe) or Larynx (voice box)
Symptoms and when to see a doctor
Since the neck is a very complex part of the human body, there can be several reasons for neck lumps, masses or swelling, some being more serious than others. Most often neck problems are found to be swollen glands caused by an injury or infection. However, we recommend seeing a doctor if you experience any of the following:
– Difficulty eating or swallowing
– Trouble breathing or speaking
– Changes in your voice
– An extreme sore throat
– Unexplained weight loss
– Loss of appetite
– Skin changes in the area of the neck
What treatments are available for neck lumps, masses and swellings?
Various treatment options are available, depending on your condition. If you have minimal or no pain and it’s a benign cause, a period of observation is an option to see if your condition improves over time and on its own. Other treatment options include:
3. Neck Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The neck ultrasound scan is a simple and pain free examination. Your appointment will take a maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and remove any clothing from your neck area as well as jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to sit or lie on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to the area. The gel which may feel a little cold, works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device* will be placed on your neck and moved along it and the surrounding areas whilst applying gentle pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort or pain.
* The ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given a tissue to wipe the gel off your neck.
5. Your doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.
Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
. As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Neck Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan.