Understanding Your Diagnosis
Adrenal Cancer: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you might have adrenal cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. Here's what you can expect.
An abdominal ultrasound is a procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen (belly). This includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, kidneys, and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound allows your healthcare provider to easily view the abdominal organs and structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to abdominal organs.
CT Scan of the Abdomen
CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, soft tissues, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.
Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to examine organ function and structure. This branch of radiology is often used to help diagnose and treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, such as thyroid cancer.
Adrenal Cancer: Stages
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. It's one of the most important things to know when deciding how to treat cancer. Learn about the stages of adrenal cancer.