When is this performed?
- Computerised tomography (CT) is requested by an endocrinology specialist in the investigation of a variety of disorders. It is usually performed after other investigations suggest an excess or deficiency of a particular hormone(s). An CT scan may then help locate a structural lesion to explain the hormonal findings
What does the test involve?
- Lying on a couch that slides into a large circular shaped scanner. A dye may be administered through a vein to help identify abnormalities on the scan
Are there any side-effects?
- This scan does use radiation, like x-rays
- Usually none
- The scan is painless
- Some patients may rarely react to the dye
How long does the test take and is admission to hospital required?
- The procedure may take 10-30 minutes, depending on the area being scanned, and does not usually require admission
What should you tell your doctor?
- If you are pregnant
- If you are claustrophobic