Benefits, Risks and Limitations of a CT Ear Scan

Benefits:

  • Painless
  • Fast
  • Inexpensive
  • Allows for precise viewing of the ear
  • Very useful for biopsies
  • Allows for trauma victims to get immediate diagnosis

Risks and Limitations
  • Radiation exposure
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Uncomfortable for the claustrophobic
  • Requires patient to lie still for long periods of time
  • Patients with chronic pain may require sedatives
  • Patient may have to hold his or her breath during the scan
  • Allergic reaction to contrast material


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