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What is a CT scan of the sinuses?

Dr. Paul M. Ehrlich, MD
Allergist & Immunologist

A computed tomography (CT) or computed axial tomography (CAT) scan test utilizes computers to enhance radiographs and give much more detail. It involves lying on a table and being moved through a ring while images are made, a process that often can be done in less than fifteen minutes. This test is especially helpful in viewing sinuses and determining if they are chronically affected.

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A CT scan of the sinuses is a noninvasive and painless specialized imaging procedure that involves passing a thin pencil beam of x-rays through the patient's face and head and collecting this information through a ring of detectors that surround the patient. Computers will generate high resolution images of the sinus passages that surround the patient's nose. It is the most accurate way to evaluate the sinus passages and the bones that make up the sinuses.

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