Preparing for imaging techniques
Imaging techniques are used in the diagnosis of acromegaly to pinpoint the size and growth pattern of the pituitary tumour.
Below are some tips on how you can prepare for imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans.
Wear comfortable clothes
You may be able to wear your own clothes rather than a hospital gown during the scan. So, wear loose, preferably cotton, clothes that you feel comfortable in and are easy to take off and put back on if needed. Remember that this includes your underwear.
Make sure that your clothes do not have any metal zippers, buttons, buckles or hooks, however, as all metal objects (including jewellery, belts, eyeglasses and even dentures!) need to be removed during the scan.
Leave your valuables at home
Take a pillow with you
Pack a snack
Depending on the type of scan you are having, you might be asked to refrain from eating, drinking or both for a few hours before the scan is scheduled. Check with your healthcare team if you are not sure.
Take something to eat or drink for after the scan if you think you’ll be particularly hungry or thirsty as you’ll be able to eat and drink as normal right after.
Ask if you need help
Let the healthcare team know in advance if you will need an interpreter to help understand what is happening during your appointment.
Also, if you are particularly worried or are having an MRI and have a fear of small spaces (a condition known as claustrophobia), tell your healthcare team. You may be prescribed an oral medication to help you relax.
Ask for the same radiologist to perform your scan
It may not be possible, but if you are able to, it might make you feel more comfortable if you ask for the same radiologist to perform your scan.
You might also want to book the same taxi driver or ask the same family member or friend to accompany you to your appointments.
Rate this content
Living with acromegaly
Acromegaly is a long-term condition. Here you can find information about how people with acromegaly have adapted to their diagnosis and tips for living with the condition.
Find the support you need
Practical tips and tools
Read practical tips to help make your life with acromegaly easier, including tips from others living with the condition.
Find an acromegaly patient support group in your country to learn about local activities and events that you may be able to attend.
Learn about acromegaly
Learn about acromegaly, including what causes this slowly evolving condition, and the early symptoms and signs.