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What are Adrenal Gland CT Scans?

The adrenal glands are situated over the top of each kidney. A doctor or physician may order a CT scan of the adrenal glands to make detailed pictures and analyze the internal structure. Computerized tomography (CT) scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3D image of certain parts of the body.

The process begins by taking many different X-ray views at various different angles, which are then combined with the use of computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissue inside of your body, including tissues inside of solid organ. Ordinary X-ray testing does not show clear images of soft tissue, so doctors often request CT scanning to get a good image of soft tissue including organs, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. Sometimes a contrast dye is used as it shows up clearer on the screen.

An adrenal gland CT scan is used for a quality, accurate examination of the adrenal glands and other abdominal structures.

Reasons for an Adrenal Gland CT scan: 

CT scans are used for a multitude of reasons. They may be done to check for certain cancers in various different ways including to detect abnormal tumors, growths or lumps. They also identify the location of tumors, the stage of cancer, and where to perform a biopsy.

An adrenal gland CT scan can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. They are important in planning for certain types of therapy and surgery, as well as in the aftermath to determine whether the patient’s body is responding to treatment.

CT scans can be used to detect cysts or infections in the body. They can also identify the bone structures within the body and can accurately measure the density of bone.

A CT scan is often used to quickly inspect a patient after an accident in order to identify traumatic internal injuries.

An Adrenal Gland CT scan may help diagnose (find): 

An adrenal gland CT scan can identify an adrenal tumor or other forms of cancer on or around the gland. It is often used to identify the location of the cancer.

A CT scan of the adrenal glands can show whether the cancer has spread into the patient’s liver or other nearby organs.

An adrenal CT scan can allow doctors to determine whether surgery is necessary and if so, to plan pre-surgery and monitor treatment post-surgery.


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