MRI Pituitary/Sella is an MRI scan of the pituitary glands which helps in finding any abnormalities surrounding the pituitary glands region like tumors.
What is MRI Pituitary/Sella?
MRI Pituitary/Sella is a procedure that is performed to find any tumor growth or abnormalities around the pituitary gland region, which is very hard to detect. An MRI Pituitary/Sella creates very high resolution imaging to closely observe the pituitary gland in patients, which are very small.
MRI Pituitary/Sella helps the doctors determine the further steps that need to be taken for treatment by observing the high resolution imaging of the pituitary glands.
How is MRI Pituitary/Sella performed?
MRI Pituitary/Sella is performed in the following way:
- The patient is made to lie down on a CT examination table.
- The patient goes through the CT scan machine several times for scans.
- High resolution imaging is obtained from these scans, which will continue till one is obtained that is not blurred or affected by any elements.
- The patient is strapped to the examination table for the final set of scans.
An MRI Pituitary/Sella scan usually takes 30 to 40 minutes to complete.
Side effects/risks of MRI Pituitary/Sella
These are the risks and side effects associated with an MRI Pituitary/Sella scan.
- Exposure to radiation may cause cancer.
- If sedation is used, you might be at risk of excessive sedation.
- Birth defects may occur in case of pregnant women going through MRI Pituitary/Sella.
Preparation before performing MRI Pituitary/Sella
Before the process of MRI Pituitary/Sella begins, the patient has to:
- Avoid eating or drinking 6 hours before the procedure.
- Make sure to get all metal and jewelry off your body before the scan.
- Don’t take any medications on the day of the MRI Pituitary/Sella scan.
Post-care after MRI Pituitary/Sella
The doctor will discuss with you if any tumor or abnormality is detected in the MRI Pituitary/Sella scan, and about how to move forward with the treatment.
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