Thyroid Scan

A thyroid scan is used to assess thyroid tissue function and location.

Image Modality Nuclear2


  • You may benefit from a thyroid scan if you have one or more of the following conditions:

    • Graves’ disease
    • Multinodular goitre
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Post partum or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    • Assessment of a nodule
  • Avoid X-ray contrast for a minimum of 2 weeks prior.

    Bring a list of medications with you.

    If there is any chance you may be pregnant or you are breastfeeding, please contact us directly for specific instructions.

    • On arrival you will receive a small injection of tracer into the middle of the arm.
    • After 15-20 minutes you will have a scan of the thyroid gland. The scan is approximately 15 minutes in duration.
    • There are no known side effects to the injection.
  • Queensland X-Ray has the latest nuclear medicine equipment, with SPECT/CT available across all departments.

    One of our nuclear medicine technologists will perform your thyroid scan, under the supervision of one of our nuclear medicine specialists.

    The images the technologist acquires are reviewed by a specialist who reports on the findings. The report will be sent to your referring doctor, who will explain the findings to you. Technologists performing the scan do not discuss scan results with you.

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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