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Management of Thyroid Nodules Detected at US: Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference Statement

Frates, Mary C. MD*; Benson, Carol B. MD; Charboneau, J. William MD†; Cibas, Edmund S. MD‡; Clark, Orlo H. MD§; Coleman, Beverly G. MD∥; Cronan, John J. MD¶; Doubilet, Peter M. MD, PhD; Evans, Douglas B. MD#; Goellner, John R. MD**; Hay, Ian D. MD, PhD††; Hertzberg, Barbara S. MD‡‡; Intenzo, Charles M. MD§§; Jeffrey, R. Brooke MD∥∥; Langer, Jill E. MD∥; Larsen, P. Reed MD¶¶; Mandel, Susan J. MD##; Middleton, William D. MD***; Reading, Carl C. MD†; Sherman, Steven I. MD†††; Tessler, Franklin N. MD‡‡‡

Ultrasound Quarterly:
doi: 10.1097/01.ruq.0000226877.19937.a1
Original Articles
Abstract

The Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound convened a panel of specialists from a variety of medical disciplines to come to a consensus on the management of thyroid nodules identified with thyroid ultrasonography (US), with particular focus on which nodules should be subjected to US-guided fine needle aspiration and which thyroid nodules need not be subjected to fine-needle aspiration. The panel met in Washington, DC, October 26-27, 2004, and created this consensus statement. The recommendations in this consensus statement, which are based on analysis of the current literature and common practice strategies, are thought to represent a reasonable approach to thyroid nodular disease.

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*Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; †Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; ‡Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; §Department of Surgery, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; ∥Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; ¶Department of Radiology, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI; #Department of Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; **Department of Pathology and ††Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; ‡‡Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical School, Durham, NC; §§Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; ∥∥Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; ¶¶Thyroid Unit, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; ##Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; ***Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO; †††Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; ‡‡‡Department of Radiology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL.

Received for publication February 8, 2005; accepted May 11, 2005.

Reprints: Mary C. Frates, MD, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail: mfrates@partners.org).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.