How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
The doctor will discuss symptoms and look for physical signs of hypothyroidism, including examining your neck for signs of an enlarged thyroid gland. Other tests can include blood tests, which can detect the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4) as well as antibodies that occur when the cause of hypothyroidism is inflammation of the thyroid gland. An ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging can provide images of the thyroid and pituitary gland, respectively, to identify any changes.
Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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