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

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