CT stands for “computed tomography”, which is a specialized type of x-ray that can evaluate the sinus cavities. During a CT imaging appointment, medical images of your sinuses will be produced. CT imaging produces more detailed results than traditional x-rays and can provide doctors with an insight into the anatomy of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity.

How CT Imaging is Performed

CT imaging works similarly to other types of x-rays. Some CT imaging machines require you to sit, and others require you to stand. The imaging machine will move around your head to capture the scans. The process is fairly quick, typically just a couple of minutes long. For certain examinations, you may be asked to hold your breath, as even small movements can affect the image outcomes. Once it has been determined that the images are of high enough quality, the imaging will be over. 

Very practical and goes above and beyond what most ENTs do. I’ve been going to them for 12 years and 2 surgical procedures and breathe better than ever. They also explain the issue and treatment in very easy to understand terms.

by JG

Indications for CT Imaging

CT imaging will be recommended by a provider to determine if you have sinusitis and/or other forms of sinonasal abnormalities/disorders that cannot be easily evaluated on routine examination. This may include various forms of chronic sinusitis such as nasal polyps, mucocele, fungal sinusitis, or fungal balls, as well as other disorders such as cerebrospinal fluid leaks and nasal tumors. Some patients also may require CT imaging before surgery, as it can be used for intraoperative surgical image guidance, i.e. “surgical GPS”. 

Benefits of In-Office CT Imaging

Although few physicians have in-office CTs available to their patients, we offer this service. Some of the benefits include:

  • Cost-effective in diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis
  • More convenient for you and your doctor
  • Non-invasive
  • Less radiation 
  • Highly accurate imaging and visualization of obstructions
  • Imaging can be done the same day as the appointment, so results can be seen immediately
  • No need to wait and spend time calling, scheduling, and traveling to an imaging facility
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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists is Houston’s premier provider of comprehensive ENT care. We offer treatment for a wide range of conditions, specializing in those that affect the ear, nose, throat, sinuses, and more. We proudly serve our patients in 15 convenient office locations across the Houston area. At Texas ENT Specialists, we are committed to providing:

Personalized Treatment

Each patient has their own unique background and symptoms, so we believe their ENT care should be as unique as they are.

Top-Rated Physician Network

Each of our locations is staffed with a team of top-rated providers who are fellowship-trained and independently board-certified.

Centers of Excellence

Each of our locations is equipped with the latest technology to help us provide comprehensive care and deliver a seamless patient experience from start to finish.

Continuity of Care

With our comprehensive care philosophy and network of highly trained providers, we work to ensure you gain long-term relief, not just a short-term fix.

Who is a Candidate for CT Imaging?

Patients who fail appropriate medical management for sinusitis and or other sinonasal disorders are ideal candidates for CT imaging. CT images can provide your surgeon with additional information and provide a complete clinical picture of your ailments. Patients who are pregnant are not advised to undergo the treatment.

Your CT Imaging Experience

Before your treatment, you will be instructed to remove all jewelry. You will either be seated upright in a medical chair, or you will stand at the machine. Either way, the scanner will move around your head as you keep very still. The scans are very quick, and having in-office CT imaging allows you to conveniently review your scan so that you can better understand your condition and options for treatment. Once complete, you will be able to return to your regular activities.

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In-Office CT Imaging FAQ's

How long does CT imaging take?

The scanning process is very quick, typically only taking a few minutes.

Are there any side effects from CT imaging?

No. The process is non-invasive, safe, and takes just a few minutes to perform.

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