Singing plays a key role in thyroid cancer test



-->Vocal passive elastography uses ultrasound imaging to measure the speed of shear waves created in the thyroid by singing. (Courtesy: Steve Beuve)
A novel non-invasive test for thyroid cancer works by asking the patient to sing at the same time. Developed by researchers in France, the ultrasound-based procedure could determine the health of a patient’s thyroid and help detect any cancerous nodules.
Thyroid nodules are common, but only a small percentage of such nodules are cancerous. Typically, fine needle aspiration is to detect malignant tumours, but only about 5