Non-invasive localisation of tumours of the adrenal gland

Research paper by K. McGarry, W. O'Callaghan, K. O'Malley, M. Ryan, J. Devlin, J. Masterson, D. Bouchier-Hayes

Indexed on: 01 Dec '81Published on: 01 Dec '81Published in: The Dublin Journal of Medical Science


The case histories of 3 patients with adrenal tumours are described. Two of the patients had phaeochromocytoma and one, a baby, had a neuroblastoma. Localisation of the tumour was accomplished by computer axial tomography (CT) and by ultrasonography. In all 3 cases, the tumour was equally well, and in one case, more clearly, delineated by ultrasonography, as by CT. Ultrasonography should be the investigation of first choice in the localisation of tumours of the adrenal gland, as it is accurate, noninvasive and cheap.