Feb 10, 2013 - 5:24 pm
Hi all and thanks in advance for any insight you can provide,
I am twelve years post RCC and right radical nephrectomy. My doctor stopped ordering contrast for my annual follow-ups some years ago but in the meantime a 2.0 cm growth appeared on my left adrenal gland. This didn't really worry me until I read some recent posts about the necessity of getting contrast studies done. As I am currently out of work and without health insurance I will be unable to schedule a follow-up exam anytime soon so I'm a bit worried. How accurate are CT scans without contrast?
My 2012 report states:
"There is a left adrenal adenoma which shows signal drop off on the out of phase imaging indicating the presence of adenoma rather than neoplasm and has a maximum diameter of 2 cm and has not changed significantly in appearance or size since the previous CT scan."
In fact it has not changed in size in over four years now but again these were all non-contrast CT scans.
Just wondering how concerned I should be about this?