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Is it possible that an MRI with contrast could miss a pituitary tumor

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Yes: If the tumor is very small it could be missed on mri.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Who is looking?: Mri is a picture. It is like taking a picture of your car engine. Are the parts all there? Do they work well? Are there some extra pieces or growt... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Yes: Most pituitary tumors are "microadenomas", meaning that they are less than 1 CM in size. Mris done specifically to look for a pituitary tumor are ver... Read More
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 53 years experience
Unlikely: Its 'gold standard' in diagnosis of pituitary growths.
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Possibly: If it is a very small tumor it could be missed but usually not if there are symptoms that would allow the radiologist to look closely at the pituitary... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Abuawad
Radiology - Interventional 31 years experience
Yes: Especially large ones.
Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology 25 years experience
Yes: The addition of contrast increases the ability to see these tumors. Mri with contrast is the best imaging test we have to see the pituitary gland.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Check with neurosurg: The concern with mris and aneurysm coils is whether or not they have MRI compatible metal. Generally, the coils that are currently used (at least in ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Uncommon: Pituitary tumors are readily seen on MRI and the radiologist reading the study will look closely at the pituitary as well as the rest of the study so ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
No: A pituitary tumor or adenoma is associated with Cushing's disease when condition has several changes in the body secondary to hormonal disorder cause... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
NO PITUITARY MRI!: Hi. Those IGF-1's would be normal for a 55 yo woman. Cardiomyopathy has a million and one causes, and acromegaly is WAY DOWN the list of likely causes... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Not ovulating: likely, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and insulin resistance as well. Testing and treatment is available.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
MRI results vary: Mri measurements are not an exact science, particularly when you're talking about tenths of a millimeter. These changes are well within the range of v... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Bonifield
Radiology 51 years experience
MRI : Mri machines can vary greatly in quality and in their ability to distinguish a very small lesion in the pituitary gland. Most microadenomas show up a... Read More
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