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Thyroid nodules are prevalent in up to more than 50% of the population above the age of 50. However, most of the nodules are benign and asymptomatic. The diagnostic methods of choice are ultrasonography and scintigraphy – the former lacking in specificity (resulting in a high number of unnecessary biopsies) and the latter necessitating exposure to ionizing radiation. Initial studies suggest that optoacoustic imaging has the potential to differentiate thyroid nodules on the basis of their perfusion and oxygenation.