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.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org).