Penn Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Diagnosis & Evaluation of Thyroid Disorders

Penn endocrinologists are specially trained to diagnose and evaluate people with thyroid disorders including hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, thyroid storm and chronic thyroiditis.

These tests and tools are used to diagnose and evaluate thyroid disorders:

  • Biopsy of tetracycline labeled bone
  • Needle aspiration biopsy
  • Nuclear medicine studies
  • Parathyroid ultrasound
  • PET/CT scan
  • Post-thyroidectomy ultrasound
  • Quantitative computed tomographic scanning
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
  • Thyroglobulin stimulation studies
  • Thyroid ultrasound
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration