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Computerized Tomography of the Adrenal Gland

Computerized Tomography of the Adrenal Gland BEFORE computerized tomography (CT), the detection of adrenal masses and the determination of their size and extent were difficult and often unsuccessful. While invasive techniques such as arteriography and phlebography are highly accurate, they necessitate patient hospitalization, involve high radiation doses, and require considerable operator expertise if complications are to be avoided. Computerized tomography provides an accurate and noninvasive method of evaluating suspected adrenal disease (ie, in patients with clinical and biochemical evidence of Cushing's syndrome, pheochromocytoma, or aldosteronoma). In addition to being technically easy to perform, the examination can be done on an outpatient basis, thus diminishing the overall time and cost of hospitalization. The purpose of this communication is to emphasize the sensitivity, accuracy, and convenience of CT as a screening procedure in patients with suspected adrenal disease. Technique In the last three years, our department has performed approximately 4,500 body scans. The earliest scans were performed on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Computerized Tomography of the Adrenal Gland

JAMA , Volume 242 (25) – Dec 21, 1979

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1979 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1979.03300250047032
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Abstract

BEFORE computerized tomography (CT), the detection of adrenal masses and the determination of their size and extent were difficult and often unsuccessful. While invasive techniques such as arteriography and phlebography are highly accurate, they necessitate patient hospitalization, involve high radiation doses, and require considerable operator expertise if complications are to be avoided. Computerized tomography provides an accurate and noninvasive method of evaluating suspected adrenal disease (ie, in patients with clinical and biochemical evidence of Cushing's syndrome, pheochromocytoma, or aldosteronoma). In addition to being technically easy to perform, the examination can be done on an outpatient basis, thus diminishing the overall time and cost of hospitalization. The purpose of this communication is to emphasize the sensitivity, accuracy, and convenience of CT as a screening procedure in patients with suspected adrenal disease. Technique In the last three years, our department has performed approximately 4,500 body scans. The earliest scans were performed on

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 21, 1979

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