The Section of Neuroradiology of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences is staffed by five senior neuroradiologists and is well equipped to perform state-of-the-art neuroradiology in all its aspects. Both adult and pediatric imaging is offered in all areas including head and neck, brain, and spine imaging.
Computed tomography is performed on one of four scanners, each with high resolution, spiral capabilities including CT angiography and other dynamic scans. There are currently three 1.5 Tesla MR scanners. Two of these three scanners are soon to be replaced with three 1.5 Tesla short bore magnets that offer the open feel of an open magnet with the technological advances and resolution of a standard magnet. PET scanning is also available as are all aspects of angiography, embolization, venous sampling and image-guided percutaneous biopsy.
Procedures specifically related to the pituitary include MR imaging tailored to best demonstrate abnormalities of the pituitary and surrounding area. Thin slice high resolution images are obtained both prior to and after contrast enhancement along with dynamic imaging during the infusion of the contrast material. For those patients who are unable to undergo MR imaging, high resolution dynamic CT is available. Petrosal venous sinus sampling is performed in selected cases. While many of the technological advances that are available at Vanderbilt do not directly apply to pituitary imaging, it is nice to know that the latest technology is available to meet whatever other patient needs arise during the course of their illness.