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Dynamic Imaging for Pituitary Disorders

If you have a pituitary disorder, imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance (MR) images help doctors see inside the body. This is helpful in diagnosing and treating pituitary disorders, including planning for surgery. The OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center has access to several different types of advanced imaging. This helps us use the best imaging technique for you so you receive the best care.

Our advanced imaging technology includes:

  • Rapid dynamic gadolinium-enhanced pituitary imaging that increases detection of pituitary abnormalities by about 10 percent over standard imaging in people with Cushing's disease.
  • 3-Tesla MR scanners that provide high-resolution images, precisely showing how far a pituitary tumor has spread to nearby organs. This helps doctors plan surgery and to evaluate and treat people who may have had an earlier surgery for a pituitary tumor.  
  • High-field Philips 1-Tesla open MR scanner that provides high-resolution images. The image resolution is superior to most other open MR scanners.

At OHSU, imaging results are interpreted by radiologists who exclusively practice neuroradiology, have obtained certification of advance qualification (CAQ), and remain up to date on the latest advances in pituitary imaging techniques and interpretation. OHSU neurosurgeons frequently use an intraoperative MR imaging unit, the only one of its kind in the Northwest.