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MRI for adrenal cancer

MRI for adrenal cancer

MRI shows greater soft tissue contrast than CT. It can help doctors evaluate adrenal tumors to decide if they are likely to be benign or cancerous. Doctors may also use MRI to examine your brain. The pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain, can cause similar symptoms as those triggered by adrenal tumors. MRIs may be taken with or without contrast dye, and take approximately an hour to perform.

What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging tool designed to create detailed, cross-sectional pictures of the inside of the body. Using radiofrequency waves, powerful magnets and a computer, MRI systems may distinguish between normal and diseased tissue.

MRI plays an important role in cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment planning. With MRI, we may distinguish between normal and diseased tissue to precisely pinpoint cancerous cells within the body. It also may be useful for revealing metastases. MRI provides greater contrast within the soft tissues of the body than a CT scan. As a result, it is often used for imaging the brain, spine, muscle, connective tissue and the inside of bones.

During an MRI, a patient rests on a table and slides into a scanner. Some exams require a contrast dye to be injected into a vein before the procedure. This helps certain areas show up better on the images. The procedure is painless and typically takes 30-60 minutes.

Unlike X-rays and CT scans, an MRI does not use radiation.

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