2013 European Thyroid Association Guidelines for Cervical Ultrasound Scan and Ultrasound-Guided Techniques in the Postoperative Management of Patients with Thyroid Cancer

This clinical practice guideline examines the use of cervical ultrasound scanning (US) in the postoperative management of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer of follicular origin. Topics of interest include recommendations on US procedure including fine needle aspiration technique, differentiation of benign and pathological US patterns, and indications for cervical ultrasound, US-FNA, and in situ biological marker assessment. New methods for preoperative localization of cervical recurrence and alternatives to surgical treatment of cervical recurrence are also discussed. Outcomes of interest include sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, and accuracy of ultrasound scanning.