Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step in successfully treating parathyroid disease. Diagnosing parathyroid disease can be challenging, since it is a rare condition. It is important to see a doctor with experience recognizing it. Our endocrinologists and pathologists specialize in parathyroid disease diagnosis and treatment. They are among the most experienced and skilled in the nation.
The following tests are used to diagnose these conditions and/or monitor how the patient is responding to treatment.
Blood tests: Tests look for levels of calcium, vitamin D and parathyroid hormone.
Urine tests: Doctors measure the amount of calcium in the urine.
Imaging tests, which may include:
- CT or CAT (computed axial tomography) scans
- Bone density test
- Sestamibi scan: A small amount of radioactive chemical is injected into a vein. If the parathyroid is overactive, the chemical will collect in the gland and show up brightly on a special camera.
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