Diagnostic Testing

Thyroid Imaging
Parathyroid Imaging
Adrenal Imaging

Parathyroid Imaging

The parathyroid scan is the best non-invasive method for identifying the location of an abnormal parathyroid gland. Most abnormal parathyroid glands are located in the anterior neck, around the thyroid gland, but can occasionally be found in the chest.

On the day of imaging, you should come prepared to spend up to four hours in the Diagnostic Imaging department. Once the molecular tracer is injected into the vein, you will be resting comfortably on an imaging table while the imaging camera moves around you. Several nuclear medicine images are acquired over a period of 3 hours. This procedure is painless.

  Right Inferior Parathyroid
Adenoma(different view)

Most patients also require an ultrasound to confirm the position of the abnormal gland. This technique is safe and uses no radiation. On rare occasions, additional imaging with CT or MRI may be required preoperatively.

Parathyroid Adenoma on US