The Board Certified radiologists of RAO are proud to utilize the latest advance in early parathyroid disease detection, the Parathyroid 4D-CT, a specialized four-dimensional imaging system that can discover abnormal parathyroid glands and tumors earlier and smaller than ever before. Performed with or without iodine-based intravenous contrast dye, 4D-CT goes beyond 3D imaging to include multiple phases, adding time elapse as another dimension in discovery, for amazing clarity of the parathyroid glands and any lesions, abnormal positioning and other irregularities.
Parathyroid 4D-CT is particularly useful in cases where surgery, thyroid disease or anatomical issues have rendered less detailed imaging systems, like ultrasound and sestamibi, incapable of discovering abnormalities, resulting in negative readings. In fact, 4D-CT can prevent the need for invasive exploratory surgery as well as assist in the planning of necessary surgeries, including re-operations of patients who have been designated ineligible for further surgical treatment, providing for many a new possibility of a cure.
RAO’s team of subspecializing radiologists read all imaging results in-house, to provide faster, more accurate analyses. The scan itself takes only minutes, but with prep and contrast phases the appointment may last an hour or more. In most cases, 4D-CT is covered by insurance. Patients with mild to moderate kidney disease may still be eligible for this scan.
If you have unresolved parathyroid disease or unexplained symptoms that may be related to it, talk to your doctor or call RAO for more information about how we may be able to help in your diagnosis and treatment.