Neck Ultrasound

Why have a Neck Ultrasound?

Involvement of the cervical (neck) lymph nodes is not uncommon in many diseases of the chest. Routine neck ultrasonography may allow early, minimally invasive diagnosis of the below conditions.

  • Lung Cancer
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lymphoma

Neck Ultrasound & Lung Cancer Diagnosis

The importance of accurate staging of suspected lung cancer is of paramount importance. This information, especially if obtained at an early point in the diagnostic work up, can prevent unnecessary invasive diagnostic, and/or therapeutic procedures from being performed. If an abnormal node is discovered, fine needle aspiration may be required.

What is Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)?

This is a quick, relatively painless procedure, which takes approximately 5 minutes. If abnormal cervical lymph nodes are visualised, then consideration to performance of a fine needle aspirate of the lymph node (FNA) will be discussed at the same time. This is a very safe procedure, whereby a small gauge needle is passed into the node under ultrasound guidance, in real time. Results of the FNA will often be available within 24 hours, and may provide a quick and efficient means of securing an early diagnosis, thereby allowing earlier institution of an appropriate treatment plan.

Benefits of in-room ultrasound include:

  • Quick timely diagnosis
  • Accurate staging
  • Potential avoidance of other more invasive or costly tests
  • Very safe
  • May improve likelihood of the correct treatment plan being provided

Neck ultrasonography may be offered as part of the initial consultation in Dr Wilsmore’s rooms. He is currently the only Respiratory physician in Melbourne to offer in-room performance of neck ultrasonography, and fine needle aspiration, in the work up and staging of potential lung cancer patients.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.