The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2005 , Vol 47 , Num 4
Role of scintigraphy in congenital thyroid anomalies
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey Salancı BV, Kıratlı PÖ, Günay EC. Role of thyroid scintigraphy in congenital thyroid anomalies. Turk J Pediatr 2005; 47: 364-368.

Thyroid scintigraphy using Tc-99m pertechnetate is a frequently performed procedure in routine nuclear medicine practice. The indications for thyroid scintigraphy are investigation of hyperthyroidism, nodularity of the gland, cause of thyroid stimulating hormone elevation and localization of an ectopic thyroid gland. In the pediatric population, the most common request is for the evaluation of neonatal hypothyroidism. This imaging procedure is helpful in the identification of the underlying cause as well as in making a differential diagnosis. Early diagnosis is essential for appropriate therapy planning in this age group, and thyroid scintigraphy provides important diagnostic data. This article is written to review the scintigraphic findings in various congenital thyroid anomalies and to underline its use in the differential diagnosis. Keywords : thyroid scintigraphy, Tc-99m pertechnetate, neonatal hypothyroidism

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