Testing for Endocrine Disorders
Testing for endocrine disorders is typically performed and coordinated by an endocrinologist, who specializes in identifying and treating problems of the endocrine system. Often, arriving at an accurate diagnosis is not straight forward, as the endocrine system is complex and interconnected. The endocrine system uses a variety of hormones to regulate many different functions in the body such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Due to this interconnectivity, issues with any one of the six different kinds of glands in the endocrine system may result in changes to another, making it more difficult to pinpoint the exact problem.
Different endocrine disorders will result in different symptoms, so typically a diagnosis will begin with a thorough assessment. Urine and blood tests, as well as imaging technology and other tools, may be used to:
- Measure the levels of various hormones in the patient’s body
- Identify a tumor, nodule, or other abnormality on one of the endocrine glands
- Determine if certain endocrine glands are working as they should
- Confirm a diagnosis that was arrived at by other means
At Tampa General Hospital, our team of endocrinologists, surgeons, and other medical professionals specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of endocrine disorders. We utilize the most advanced testing technologies for endocrine disorders to accurately identify each patient’s condition and develop an individualized treatment plan. In cases requiring surgery, we use the latest minimally invasive techniques as well as other technologies, such as intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), to provide the best possible results for our patients. We have been recognized for our high standard of care as one of America's Best Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology according to U.S. News & World Report.