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How are nodules in the thyroid found?

Although many thyroid nodules can be felt by the patient or by a doctor during physical examination, more and more nodules are being discovered incidentally during an imaging test (like carotid USG or CAT scan) being done for another reason.

Nodules in the thyroid are usually found on physical exam.  Palpation (touching) of the thyroid by a trained healthcare professional can detect any nodules that are greater than 1 centimeter.  If a nodule is detected, it will usually be followed up with an ultrasound or may be biopsied.

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