Advanced Pituitary Imaging and Treatments

The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center offers advanced methods of planning and treating pituitary tumors.


Pituitary Protocol MRI


This is a regular MRI scan of the brain with special 3mm thin cuts through the pituitary gland. This scan gives the multidisciplinary team an excellent view of the pituitary region and aids in diagnosis and treatment planning.


Dynamic Pituitary MRI


This scan is similar to the pituitary protocol MRI with the addition of multiple sequences taken of the pituitary region as the contrast is being administered.  This gives an excellent picture of the blood supply to the pituitary region.


Trans-sphenoidal Craniotomy


This minimally invasive surgical approach is done with a microscope through the nose.  Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalomolgists and radiation oncologists. 


3-D Treatment Planning


3-D treatment planning by our team of specialists in radiation oncology and medical physics is critical for effective treatment. This extensive simulation and planning allows for precise delivery of radiation so that treatment will affect brain tumor cells and minimize damage to healthy brain tissue.


Stereotactic Radiosurgery


Stereotactic radiosurgery delivers high dose radiation to a small area in your brain, usually in one treatment. The radiation can be given to the abnormal area while the surrounding normal brain tissue receives only a small dose of radiation. This procedure is also referred to as Gamma Knife, or Linac Scalpel, depending on the device used.


Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (FSRT)


Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT) allows for very precise delivery of radiation to the brain and has a greater ability to shape the radiation beams.


The radiation is given over several treatments rather than just one treatment since the treatment is split into a number of smaller doses (fractions) of radiation. Fractionation is used to improve the radiation effect on the tumor while reducing the effect of radiation on the normal brain tissue.