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New Guidelines in Management of Thyroid Nodule When to Biopsy and When to Follow


1 Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology Radiology and Nuclear Medicine / PET Divisions, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, USA
*Corresponding author: Bijan Bijan, MD, MBA, CIIP, Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology Radiology and Nuclear Medicine / PET Divisions, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, USA, E-mail: bbijan2002@yahoo.com.
Iranian Journal of Radiology. 2017 May; Special iss(5): e48360 , DOI: 10.5812/iranjradiol.48360
Article Type: Abstract; Received: Dec 21, 2016; Accepted: Feb 8, 2017; epub: Apr 13, 2017; ppub: May 2017

Abstract


Lack of unified system in characterizing and reporting thyroid nodules is deeply felt almost in every institution and is a source of confusion among diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, thyroid surgeons, oncologists, endocrinologists and interventionalists. Elaborate systems exist but they are not easy to use. Therefore many of those systems cannot be utilized widely in general radiology practice. A simplified approach to thyroid nodule is a crucial need to prevent unnecessary work up, follow up or procedures. A combination of TIRADS and ACR guidelines probably would strike a balance between high sensitivity with acceptable specificity.

This is an abstract presented in the 33rd Iranian congress of radiology (ICR) and the 15th congress of Iranian radiographic science association (IRSA).