10-minute CT scan helps in common cause of blood pressure and success in treatment

The activity of certain hormone glands in the human body causes constant blood pressure disorder. Now British experts have discovered  a completely new way to identify and treat these glands with just 10 minutes of CT scan.

Three UK organizations have jointly conducted
a successful human experiment of permanent treatment of blood pressure
by eliminating the fine bulge above the adrenal gland with a ten-minute scan.


Doctors at Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Cambridge and Barts Hospital have developed a new type of CT scan that can throw light on the fibers growing on the hormone glands and then remove them and treat high blood pressure.


The study, published in Nature Medicine, has solved a 60-year problem facing medicine. One in 20 patients with high blood pressure has these nodules on the same glands. Earlier, doctors tried their best to diagnose and expel him and had to face failure.


On average, 128 people in this study were suffering from high blood pressure and this was due to steroid hormone. With the help of CT scans, experts found that two-thirds of the patients had a little more of the hormone ‘aldosterone’ which was coming from a gland of their body called the adrenal gland. Experts noted fine bulges above this gland. When these bulges were removed, the blood pressure of the patients started to come under control.



But the method devised is very complex and also completely new. During the scan, a radioactive dye ‘Metomide’ is inserted on the gland, which detects it by emitting light by sticking to a thin bulge. Then it is successfully ousted. This method has proved to be more effective than traditional treatment, which takes less time and reduces pain.



Previously, there was a 99% failure to see the emergence of the adrenal gland with a normal CT scan. However, after many years of hard work, it is now possible to successfully treat people suffering from this strange type of blood pressure.


It has been successfully tested on a total of 18 patients and thus it can be widely used on humans


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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