An incidental finding, also known as an incidentaloma, may be defined as an incidentally discovered mass or lesion, detected by CT, MRI, or other imaging modality.
An increase in the utilization of cross-sectional imaging examinations has led to a marked increase in the number of findings detected that are unrelated to the primary objectives of the examination.
Most of these incidentalomas will go on to be scares or something not life threatening and do no harm while that person is still alive. However, often they result in a diagnosis of a new and potentially serious condition and be termed an incidental diagnosis.
The sooner any cancer can be correctly diagnosed, the better chances of a curative scenario for the person concerned. However, some cancers are in the 'difficult to diagnose' category. Certain types of Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs) are in this difficult to diagnose category due to the vague symptoms which may be mistaken for other diseases and routine illnesses. However, in many cases which don't seem to make the statistics, it can be incredibly quiet leading to incidental diagnosis including at an advanced stage. It's SNEAKY! Every year the advocacy organisations push out skewed statistics, but few take a wide enough view to get the full spectrum of patient experience. I accept that in some cases, it can be a little bit noisy via oversecretion of hormones causing hormonal syndromes, and this…