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Ultrasound Clean but CT Scan Ordered--WHY?
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Ultrasound Clean but CT Scan Ordered--WHY?

My MD ordered an ultrasound of my neck because I have had right-side throat pain/pain when swallowing for over a month with no cold symptoms. My MD said I had fullness/mass on the right side of my neck & was concerned about a thyroid nodule. The ultrasound did not show any abnormalities but the radiologist came in to feel my neck. After doing so he recommended a CT Scan and said he would make sure to get the report to my doctor later that afternoon. Why would a neck CT be ordered if the ultrasound was normal? I asked the ultrasound technician and she said the thyroid looked normal but that they can't see everything with an ultrasound. She did ask me if the doctor said anything about my lymph nodes. Can't an ultrasound detect enlarged lymph nodes? My MD is out today so just looking for some answers until I speak with her on Monday. Thanks for your help.
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168348 tn?1379360675
Hi and welcome.  I'm not a Dr or expert .. but the lymph nodes are what came to mind when reading your post.  Pls. let us know what your Dr says and maybe others will stop by, too!
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