Computed Tomography (Ct) – Sinuses To Diagnose The Cause Of Sinus Problems

Computed tomography, also called CAT scanning is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more information as compared to regular x-ray exams.

A computed tomography scan of the face shows a patient's paranasal sinus cavities. The paranasal sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces located within the bones of the face and surrounding the nasal cavity, a system of air channels that connect the nose with the back of the throat. Each of the four pairs of sinuses is connected to the nasal cavity by small openings.

Computed Tomography (CT) - Sinuses Is Primarily Done To:

  • Detect the presence of inflammatory diseases
  • Plan for surgery by defining anatomy or giving further information about tumors of the nasal cavity and sinuses
  • Evaluate sinuses that are filled with fluid or thickened sinus membranes
  • Help diagnose sinusitis

Some Of The Common Benefits Of Computed Tomography (CT) - Sinuses Are As Given Below:

  • Safest means of studying the head and can help the physician diagnose the cause of sinus problems.
  • Painless, noninvasive and accurate imaging technique
  • Most reliable imaging technique for determining if the sinuses are obstructed
  • Best imaging modality for sinusitis
  • This imaging modality is widely available and is performed in a relatively short time, especially when compared to magnetic resonance imaging.
  • CT examinations are fast, simple and cost effective
Although Computed Tomography (CT) is used to detect the cause of tumors and other sinus problems, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the preferred method for this purpose.


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