WebMD, Healthline and MedicineNet have illustrations and pictures of the thyroid gland. All three sites offer pictures of the thyroid showing its position in the neck with clearly indicated landmarks for nearby structures, including the parathyroid glands.
The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and located in the front of the neck blow the Adam’s apple, notes MedicineNet. Its lobes form the wings of the butterfly, while the isthmus forms the butterfly’s body. The gland’s job is to produce thyroid hormone that helps to regulate many of the body’s processes, including metabolism. As of 2015, Healthline offers a 360-degree view of the thyroid gland using its BodyMaps feature.