3DPARATHYROID® IS A 3D TECHNOLOGY USED IN OUR OFFICE TO DETECT PARATHYROID ADENOMAS & CARCINOMAS.
The parathyroid glands are four small glands located in the neck behind the thyroid gland. The parathyroid gland’s job is to regulate the amount of calcium in our body. Hyperparathyroidism is a disorder where the parathyroid gland(s) release too much hormone which can lead to elevated levels of calcium in the blood. This can cause kidney stones, fatigue, depression, bone pain, bone loss (leading to osteopenia or osteoporosis) and in severe cases heart disease. Hyperparathyroidism is usually caused by one or more of the parathyroid glands becoming enlarged and autonomous (parathyroid adenoma).
3DPARATHYROID® technology is used to locate the enlarged parathyroid gland. Parathyroid glands can be easily mistaken for enlarged lymph nodes. 3DPARATHYROID® helps distinguish between the two using the three dimensional views, coronal, transverse and longitudinal. Regular 2D ultrasound machines may mistake the parathyroid adenoma for an enlarged lymph node or may miss seeing it all together. With 3D technology, the computer can analyze several different views from different planes and transform them into one single image.
3DPARATHYROID® also gives a volume measurement. The volume measurement with 3D technology may become a very important in measuring parathyroid adenomas. This may replace the current 2D measurement technique, longitudinal x transverse x width. The lesion measurement will be done with one single volume number or measurement. The accuracy of the current 2D measurement is limited.
Parathyroid adenomas usually require surgical intervention. 3DPARATHYROID® technology helps to locate the parathyroid adenoma prior to surgery. This helps the surgeon accurately and quickly remove the problem gland. This may decrease the rate for failed parathyroid surgery.