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What scans may be needed for a Cushing's syndrome diagnosis?

The results of the laboratory evaluation will determine what type of imaging is needed. If the patient has adrenal Cushing's syndrome, then an abdominal CAT scan or MRI will be ordered. If a pituitary adenoma is suspected, then a CAT scan or MRI of the brain will be ordered.1-3 If an ectopic ACTH-producing tumor is suspected, then a CAT scan or MRI of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis will be ordered to locate it.

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