Thyroid problems are among the most common endocrine problems affecting children. The thyroid is a small gland, shaped like a butterfly, that rests in the middle of the lower neck. Its primary function is to control the body's metabolism (rate at which cells perform duties essential to living). To control metabolism, the thyroid produces hormones, T4 and T3, which tell the body's cells how much energy to use.
COPEDS offers comprehensive thyroid diagnostic imaging and endocrine care for infants, children and adolescents with a broad range of thyroid problems. These conditions include:
- Thyroid Cancer
- Thyroid Nodules
- Graves' Disease
- Hashimotos Thyroiditis
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Syndromes
COPEDS can perform a thyroid ultrasound in the office if your child needs one. Ultrasounds use sound waves to image the thyroid. There is no radiation exposure. The sound waves are emitted from a small hand-held transducer that is passed over the thyroid. A lubricant jelly is placed on the skin so that the sound waves transmit more easily through the skin and into the thyroid and surrounding structures. This test is quick, accurate, cheap, painless, and completely safe. The results can be known almost immediately.
Both Dr. William Zipf and Dr. Jennifer Dyer have been trained by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in thyroid ultrasonography.