A sinus CT scan is a fast, painless and noninvasive tool for evaluating sinus obstruction and is the best imaging technique for patients with acute or chronic sinusitis. The scan uses X-ray technology and advanced computer analysis to create detailed pictures of the paranasal sinus cavities, helping physicians assess acute or chronic sinusitis, analyze tumors and plan for medical procedures. It can potentially eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy. At Washington Radiology, sinus CT scans are performed by an experienced CT technologist and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist.
A sinus CT scan provides detailed images of the paranasal cavities, an important diagnostic tool when working with patients who suffer from acute or chronic sinusitis. The exam helps physicians identify and analyze obstructions and develop a treatment plan. In addition to pinpointing sinus inflammation, a CT sinus scan also can help detect cancer.
The exam takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes and there is no downtime. Radiation is not retained in the body after the exam and there are no immediate side effects.
No. It is painless and noninvasive. The technologist will position you comfortably on the table. You will need to lie still and hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan because any movement may distort the quality of the images.
Preparing for Your Exam
Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. In addition to the written order from your physician, please bring any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology with you to your appointment, if related to the reason for your visit with us.
The sinus CT scan takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes and there is no contrast agent or patient preparation.
If you have questions about the exam, contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.