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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 29 years experience
Yes: If the tumor is very small it could be missed on mri.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 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

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 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 52 years experience
Unlikely: Its 'gold standard' in diagnosis of pituitary growths.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 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 30 years experience
Yes: Especially large ones.
Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology 24 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 34 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 Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 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 64 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Jacobs
Neurosurgery 63 years experience
It depends: If the tumor produces an excess of acth which is a hormone you may develop all or part of cushing's syndrome. If the tumor is not producing hormones ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Maybe.: Speak to your endocrinologist or neurosurgeon to answer this question. They will need to do a physical exam and check your hormone levels.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See beow: MRI of the brain would include MRI of the pituitary.

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