One of the most important tools used for diagnosing sinus and ear-related problems is a computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan. CT scanners create 3-dimensional x-ray images of the anatomy, giving physicians valuable information for an accurate diagnosis.
Until recently, physicians had to send patients to hospitals or imaging centers for sinus or ear scans taken on large, donut-shaped full-body CT scanners. Having these tests performed off-site caused delays in diagnosis and treatment of days or weeks.
By using the latest advancements in CT technology, however, our doctors can now take sinus and ear CT scans in our office with the MiniCAT scanner. Our MiniCAT is a small, open-style, upright CT scanner that creates fast, exceptional quality images of the sinuses and ears.
Even claustrophobic patients have no problem tolerating the scans. The unique design of the MiniCAT minimizes the radiation dose you receive. The radiation exposure from our scanner is significantly less than from sinus and ear scans taken on a full-body CT scanner.
Your doctor will be able to tell whether your symptoms are from sinusitis, nasal polyps, or structural problems in the nose (such as a deviated nasal septum) and immediately begin the correct treatment.
Chronic ear infections can be a sign of deep-seated infection or trapped skin debris behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma). The MiniCAT allows your doctor to see whether this potentially dangerous condition exists and whether any worrisome bone erosion has occurred.
MiniCAT scans are comfortable and quick. Our CT scans are done with you sitting in an upright position. Adult scans take 10-20 seconds and pediatric scans take only 10 seconds. Because our MiniCAT scanner is located in our office, your doctor can take your CT scan during your examination. The scan is available for review by you and your doctor within minutes.