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Thyroid and Parotid Gland Biopsy


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Interventional radiologists can perform minimally invasive needle biopsies of the thyroid or parotid gland. These procedures are used to help determine if a growth on these glands is malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous).

Interventional radiology experts at the University of Miami Health System have years of experience performing biopsies. Due to innovative needle biopsy techniques, you’ll get the answers you need about your health quickly and without surgery.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

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Who is a Candidate?

You may need a thyroid gland or parotid gland biopsy if your doctor has identified a nodule (growth) on your thyroid gland.

What to Expect

Your doctor may tell you not to eat or take certain medications, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you are taking, including vitamins or herbs.

During this procedure, you may receive some sedation to help you stay calm. Your doctor will also apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around your thyroid or parotid gland so you won’t feel pain.

To begin, your doctor will apply an ultrasound gel to your neck and use an ultrasound wand to locate the nodule on your thyroid or parotid gland. They will then make a small incision in your neck and use ultrasound technology throughout the procedure to guide a thin needle into the nodule.

After the needle has removed some tissue from your gland, your doctor will remove the needle and put a bandage on the incision site. You should be able to go home immediately after the short, 30-minute procedure (outpatient procedure) and resume normal activities the next day.

The tissue from the needle is then sent to a lab to be examined for signs of cancer. Your doctor should contact you with results within a week.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.