Half of thyroid ultrasound requests are ‘inappropriate’, study finds

But researchers concede such requests are hard to avoid as most are made by GPs

About half of thyroid ultrasound imaging requests in patients with suspected thyroid nodules are performed outside of expert recommendations, an Australian study has found.

Researchers from the Gold Coast University Hospital reviewed medical records of patients who had ultrasound imaging for thyroid pathology between July 2014 and July 2017 to determine the proportion of inappropriate imaging requests being made.