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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Computed tomography is also known as CT scan. Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right. Surgery?

Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right.  Surgery?

Yes: Your ENT will want to remove it. It is possible they may elect to biopsy before completely removing. There are many different thing that this can be. A thorough diagnosis before treatment is important! ...Read more

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Will a sinus CT show the brain?

Will a sinus CT show the brain?

Part of it: Study not done to evaluate brain so not reliable for this; however, some of brain will show up on sinus CT. ...Read more

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Does a sinus CT show the eustachain tubes? Or does a CT of the temporal bones do a better job of this?

Does a sinus CT show the eustachain tubes? Or does a CT of the temporal bones do a better job of this?

Both do: Both ct and MRI can view the eustachian tube if the cuts or slices are made thin enough. Neither can assess the functional aspects of the tube, only determine whether it appears normal or has a growth or mass in it our touching it. ...Read more

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Could sinus CT scan show the nasopharynx?

Could sinus CT scan show the nasopharynx?

Yes: Nasopharynx is included in scan. See radiologyinfo.Org for discussion of ct sinuses. ...Read more

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Does a sinus CT scan show a deviated septum if you have one?

Does a sinus CT scan show a deviated septum if you have one?

Deviated septum: CT scans take cuts through part of the septum so it is possible that a septal deviation could be missed. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Will a temporal or sinus CT scsn show issues with brain?

Will a temporal or sinus CT scsn show issues with brain?

Not very well: Ct techniques used to image the temporal bones or sinuses are tailored specifically to evaluate these areas. Only small portions of the brain are even included in the field of view. Also, the images are processed to give the best bony detail which makes the soft tissues difficult to evaluate. While an abnormality may be detected, these scans are not sufficient to evaluate the brain. ...Read more

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What would an MRI of my head show that a Sinus CT Scan and a Maxiofacial CT Scan didnt?

What would an MRI of my head show that a Sinus CT Scan and a Maxiofacial CT Scan didnt?

Quite a Lot: MRI is more helpful for soft tissue problems of blood vessels, inflammation, demyelination of brain tissue, and fluid collections. It seems you are undergoing a lot of tests, but without a clear diagnosis you can not be certain of the correct treatment. Ask your physician to explain the different treatments these tests will suggest. Tests are not useful, solely, because you have symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Ear Problem (Definition)

Problems with the ear include external infection, allergy to the skin, perforation of the eardrum, tinnitus (ringing), loss of hearing acuity, deafness, dizziness, balance disorder, problems after flying with air pressure, and many others. See your otolaryngologist ...Read more