Frequently Asked Questions


Many patients have questions when it comes to endocrinology and the endocrine system. The following is a list of frequently asked questions. Please click on the question to reveal the answer.

What insurances are accepted at Nevada Thyroid Institute (NTI)?
Please go to the Desert Endo main site for a list of accepted insurances.

What if my insurance company has no contract with Desert Endocrinology or I am uninsured?
Please go to the Desert Endo main site for a list of insurance info and office policies.

What is NTI?
It is a division of Desert Endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders.

Does NTI offer thyroid ultrasound/thyroid biopsy care?
Yes. Nevada Thyroid Institute has nearly 2 decades of experience with thyroid biopsy and years of expertise with thyroid ultrasound.

Why should I seek care for my thyroid at NTI?
Our focus in thyroid diagnosis and treatment and treatment of thyroid disease allows for timely and cost-affective thyroid care.

How long must I wait after surgery to have radioactive iodine therapy?
You will need to consult with the endocrinologist before radioiodine therapy. We usually recommend 2-3 weeks of low iodine diet. Additional time may be needed depending on whether you are being treated with Thyrogen before radioiodine therapy or simply stopping thyroid hormone.

Should I continue thyroid hormone if I become pregnant?
Yes. You should see the endocrinologist for testing and counseling as soon as you become pregnant.

How long does it take to become hypothyroid after taking radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism?
It usually takes several weeks to start feeling better; it takes 5-6 weeks for thyroid hormone levels to reach a steady state after a change is made.

What are the risk factors for thyroid cancer?
Please click here for a full article on throid cancer risk factors.

What causes thyroid disease?
Exact causes have not yet been determined. We do know that it is familial and often precipitated by stress. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid.

What is the best diet for a thyroid patient?
No specific diet has been shown to be superior for patients with thyroid disease. Eat a healthy diet.