Thyroid Biopsy

Ultrasound Guided, Minimal Recovery Time

A thyroid biopsy is minimally invasive and highly accurate in identifying or ruling out potential thyroid nodules or conditions.  

We use ultrasound guidance to perform thyroid biopsy, and the tissue sample is sent for examination to a specialized pathology laboratory with special expertise in thyroid cytology.

This is an ultrasound procedure so patients experience little discomfort, and recovery time is significantly reduced as compared to surgical biopsy.

Our team of radiologists and technologist provide expert care in a caring, comfortable environment, helping to ease anxiety or stress. Biopsy results are always shared with your physician as soon as we receive the pathology results, usually in two to three days.


Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Bethesda, MD
Camalier Building
10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 103, Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 301-564-1053 | F: 301-493-8522
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., September 25 (screening mammograms only)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., October 2 (screening mammograms only)

Preparing For Your Thyroid Biopsy Procedure

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your Thyroid Biopsy procedure. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

  • Avoid aspirin, aspirin-containing products, similar blood thinning products and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin or Aleve) for 5 days prior to the biopsy procedure, unless otherwise instructed at the time of scheduling.
  • If you are taking a blood thinner, such as Coumadin, check with your referring physician before your biopsy, as you may need to briefly discontinue use of this drug.
  • If you have any questions concerning whether you should continue taking a specific medicine prior to your biopsy procedure, please contact our office at least five days before the date of your scheduled biopsy.
  • On the day of your biopsy, wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.
  • Do not use powder, lotion or deodorant.
  • Do not eat a large or heavy meal on the day of your biopsy. 

If you have any follow-up questions about these important Thyroid Biopsy preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.