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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are ct scan of your eye orbits used to detect?

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Dr. Hemendra Parikh
Pediatrics 53 years experience
Several things : Such questions are better answered in proper context. Was it a trauma, pain in orbit, vision problem or prominence of the eye on one side, and what the exam showed when ct was ordered. Tests should always be ordered after thorough, history, physical exam and review of previously done tests, to evaluate for specific pathology, when ct seems a better test than other tests available to evaluate orbit.
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Dr. David Dang
Radiology 16 years experience
Many things: As indicated in the above answer, the question is best answered in the right context. Briefly, it can show fracture of orbital bones, bleeding & deformity of the globes, a tumor, protrusion of the globes, enlargement of the extraoccular muscles from graves disease, enlargement of the ophthalmic vein from intracrianl pathologies. Mri of the orbits is also useful.
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