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What are they looking for in a CT scan of sinuses?

What are they looking for in a CT scan of sinuses?

Sinusitis and others: Ct is better in determining the presence of chronic sinusitis, but also whether obstruction exists for all sinus passages. ...Read more

Sinuses (Definition)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more


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Ct scan of sinuses seems silly, what are they looking for?

Ct scan of sinuses seems silly, what are they looking for?

CAT SCAN sinuses: It defines the images of sinuses and is helpful in making diagnosis of sinusitis and is a useful tool if used properly. ...Read more

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On a recent ct scan of sinuses, it mentioned widely patent neo-maxillary ostia. What is that?

On a recent ct scan of sinuses, it mentioned widely patent neo-maxillary ostia. What is that?

Definition of sinus: Best to ask your ENT. But in very general terms an opening into the maxillary sinus. ...Read more

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Ct scan of sinuses done years ago. Looked at report and one thing I don't understand is partially occluded left ostiomeatal unit?Dr never mentioned it

Ct scan of sinuses done years ago. Looked at report and one thing I don't understand is partially occluded left ostiomeatal unit?Dr never mentioned it

Osteomeatal complex: The osteomeatal complex is where your sinuses join together and drain into the back of your nose. Look here for some images. https://www.google.com/search?q=ostiomeatal+complex&sa=X&espv=2&biw=1200&bih=791&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=FBMnVOSJFMvpggTkooG4DQ&ved=0CDEQsAQ ...Read more

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Recent ct scan of sinuses the report says suspicious permeative bony destruction, what does this mean?

Difficult to say: based on limited info. A suspicious permeative bone lesion could mean infection of the bone(did the CT show sinusitis?) or possibly neoplasm, so you need to talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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Getting CT scan for sinuses done in two weeks. Have constant congestion, loss of smell/taste. Issues swallowing. Could scan show issues swallowing?

Getting CT scan for sinuses done in two weeks. Have constant congestion, loss of smell/taste. Issues swallowing. Could scan show issues swallowing?

No: A CT of the sinuses is a very focused study, and while it does show the back of the throat, tonsils, adenoids, this is all stuff the doctor can see just by looking in your mouth so the CT adds nothing to the evaluation for swallowing. It will get some fantastic pictures of your sinuses though and is primarily used to determine if surgery or balloon sinuplasty may be helpful. ...Read more

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What structures will a CT scan of sinuses show that the in-office scope examination does not? (like, where are nasal turbinates?)

Sinus anatomy: The scope shows the nasal anomy. The Ct scan shows the bony structures and sinuses that behind the walls of the nasal cavity and can not be visualized by the scope. Both are important in having a full evaluation of sinonasal disease ...Read more

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Hard, firm, enlarged painless lymph node behind ear for 9 months. ENT wants to do a CT scan of sinuses. What's he looking for?

Lymph node: Lymph nodes in that region are in the lymphatic drainage path of parts of the scalp, posterior neck, and ear, so would not necessarily be enlarged from sinus disease. Your best bet is to ask the ENT, maybe they are looking for something else. A sinus CT would not be adequate to evaluate for neck adenopathy ...Read more

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Had a CT scan of sinuses and found a legion behind my left ear displacing my carotid artery .caused sever pain in left ear and jaw what caused it ?

Had a CT scan of sinuses and found a legion behind my left ear displacing my carotid artery .caused sever pain in left ear and jaw what caused it ?

Skull base lesion: Without reviewing the scan, it is impossible to offer any differential diagnosis. It is also very likely that this may be an incidental finding, unrelated to your symptoms. The best source of information regarding the findings on the scan is the doctor who prescribed the scan. You will need an ENT consult. ...Read more

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Got a CT scan of sinuses and it showed I have inflammation in my sinus. What is treatment for this?

Got a CT scan of sinuses and it showed I have inflammation in my sinus. What is treatment for this?

It depends.: Thickening of the mucosa of the sinuses is an extremely common finding. Generally if it measures less than 4 mm it does not correlate with symptoms of illness. The rule is, one treats the symptoms, not the ct scan. If you have symptoms, the treatment for sinusitis goes all the way from nothing (it is usually viral and will get better anyway) all the way to surgery (only for refractory sinusitis). ...Read more

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Bad pressure in bridge of nose & nausea nearly everyday..Ct scan on sinuses showed all clear.. why am i stil suffering daily? Can anxiety be culprit

Bad pressure in bridge of nose & nausea nearly everyday..Ct scan on sinuses showed all clear.. why am i stil suffering daily? Can anxiety be culprit

Nasal pressure: pressure at the "bridge of nose" is never sinusitis, so who ordered the CT scan and what was the differential diagnosis they were working on? do you have anxiety? why would anxiety manifest as "pressure in bridge of nose"? You have told us nothing about yourself. Does it improve with Motrin? it may be osteitis / chondritis? see an ENT. ...Read more

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Ct scan of sinuses showed little mucus in my maxillary sinuses. Frontal looked good. So would allergies cause some pressure in forehead as well?

Ct scan of sinuses showed little mucus in my maxillary sinuses. Frontal looked good. So would allergies cause some pressure in forehead as well?

Allergies partly: get evaluated by allergist firsr and then ENT m.d. allergies can cause swollen mucosa which inturn pressur til then steam inhalaation with euclyptis oil helps. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a CT scan of the sinuses and a maxillofacial CT with contrast? Why would i need both?

Whats the difference between a CT scan of the sinuses and a maxillofacial CT with contrast? Why would i need both?

Not sure: If a physician is trying to determine if you have sinusitis, a cat scan without contrast is all you need. However, if your physician is concerned about something else such as a vascular anomaly or unusual growth in the maxillo-facial region, the radiologist may need to use contrast. Ask the doctor or radiologist to explain why both are needed. What is the diagnosis he wants to make? ...Read more

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CT scan The frontal sinuses are well-developed. There is mild mucosal thickening involving the inferior aspect of the bilateral frontal sinuses.


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The frontal sinuses are well-developed. There is mild mucosal thickening involving the inferior aspect of the bilateral frontal sinuses.

What's the question?: You have given us a statement, not a question. I assume you want to know what the radiological diagnosis means. In my experience, when a radiologist states mild mucosal thickening in any sinus, it is probably not of much clinical significance. Are you symptomatic, are other sinuses involved, do you have headaches, and finally are you ill? We need to know these things to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more