Pituitary CT scan
The pituitary gland is a few centimetres large organ inside the skull, which is responsible for managing the hormonal balance of the whole body. If the suspicion of a tumour of the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland occurs, a CT scan is performed.
But it is also used to detect the size and extent of the existing tumour if the MRI examination cannot be performed. But because of the better visibility of the soft tissues, pituitary MRI is the primary examination method of choice for examining the pituitary gland.
What kind of preparation is required?
It is always necessary to consult a doctor before the CT examination, because due to radiation exposure, the CT examination can only be performed on the basis of a medical recommendation, but the native examination does not require special preparation. It is always advisable to prepare for the scan in such a way that, if necessary, it is possible to administer the contrast agent, in which case you should not eat for 6 hours beforehand.
Are there any side effects?
The scan has no side effects, the patient does not feel anything. A contrast agent can very rarely cause a reaction but the examination is not performed on anyone who is allergic to it.
How is the pituitary CT scan performed?
A CT device resembles a large, thick ring with a table at the bottom on which you lie motionless while the images are being taken. The examination device makes a humming sound during operation, but there is no need to be afraid of this, the patient does not feel anything.
When can the examination not be performed?
This examination uses x-rays, therefore it is not recommended during pregnancy because it may be dangerous to the unborn child.
Very rarely – exclusively in case of medical professional reasons – after a certain week of pregnancy, we also examine pregnant women with CT.
When is the result expected?
The completed recording will be reviewed by the radiologist and the result will be available in our online system after 3 working days.