Lymph Node (1 Area)

Lymph Node (1 Area)


A lymph node ultrasound scan may be performed for several reasons:

  1. Evaluation of lymph node abnormalities: If there is an unexplained swelling or enlargement of a lymph node, an ultrasound can help assess its size, shape, and internal characteristics. It can determine whether the enlargement is due to benign causes such as infection or inflammation or if it raises concerns about malignancy, such as lymphoma or metastatic cancer.

  2. Infection detection: Ultrasound can help identify and evaluate lymph nodes that are affected by infections. It can show changes in the lymph nodes, such as enlargement, increased blood flow, or the presence of abscesses or fluid collections.

  3. Staging cancer: Lymph node ultrasound is often used as a part of cancer staging to determine if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. By assessing the size, shape, and appearance of lymph nodes near the site of the primary tumor, doctors can determine if the cancer has metastasized.

  4. Monitoring treatment response: For patients undergoing cancer treatment, ultrasound scans can be used to monitor changes in the size and characteristics of lymph nodes. This helps assess the response to treatment and determine the need for further interventions or adjustments to the treatment plan.


Overall, lymph node ultrasound scans play a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring various conditions related to the lymphatic system, including infections, inflammation, and cancer. They provide detailed information about the lymph nodes and assist in making informed decisions regarding treatment and further investigations.

Lymph node scan is suitable for you if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Abnormal swelling in the neck
  • Neck pain and Discomfort
  • To determine the nature of the lumps on the neck

To find evidence of lymphadenopathy

  • Follow up on previous findings such as enlarged lump, reactive lymph node
  • A palpable enlarged lump

  • Detection of the cancer or other life-threatening diseases in the lymph nodes
  • Detection and differentiation between benign and malignant problems in the lymph nodes
  • To find enlarged lymph nodes
  • Cause of enlargement or inflammation of lymph nodes
  • Incidental finding of significant stenosis in the Carotid or vertebral arteries

In some cases, we recommend having some blood tests such as Full Blood count., ESR and CRP.

Apart from moving all jewellery from your neck, there is no essential preparation for this scan. You should be able to eat and drink normally before the test. Take your medicines as normal unless you're told otherwise. If you're taking medicines to thin your blood, your doctor might ask you to stop them beforehand. Please inform the specialist if you have neck Arthritis.

You'll be asked to lie down on the couch. The clinician puts a lubricating gel on the skin by the lymph nodes. Then an ultrasound probe will be put on your skin. You may feel a little pressure when they move the probe over your skin but it still should be painless and comfortable. The clinician will write a digital report which will be sent to you via email. The report will include the images as well. This scan might take 15-20 minutes.

You will receive your results verbally after the scan. However, the Sonographer will examine the relevant images after your appointment and prepare a written report after your scan or within 24 hours with any recommended actions. The report will be sent to you so that you can discuss the findings with your doctor, if required.

There are no risks or side effects associated with the thyroid & neck ultrasound scan. Ultrasound does not use any radiation, which is why doctors prefer to use them to check on developing babies in pregnant women.

Urgent health conditions can happen at any time of the day or night. In London Private Ultrasound, we offer emergency Lymph node ultrasound service late evenings, during weekends, Saturdays, or Sundays. Please call 07414165515 to book your urgent thyroid & neck ultrasound appointment now. (Terms and conditions apply)

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