Our Advanced In Office Diagnostic Technology Speeds Up Your Diagnosis and Treatment
Now accredited by the IAC.
We understand that your time is valuable and that suffering with sinus problems can rob you of that valuable time. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality, most efficient care possible so that you get fast, effective relief.
One way we do that is by making sure we have the most advanced diagnostic technology available to expedite your diagnosis and treatment.
What non-invasive sinus tests can I do?
One of the basic tools used for diagnosing sinus-related problems is a computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan. CT scanners create 3 dimensional x-ray images of the anatomy, giving physicians valuable information for an accurate diagnosis. Until recently, physicians had to send patients to hospitals or imaging centers for sinus or ear scans taken on large, donut-shaped full-body CT scanners. Having these tests performed off-site caused delays in diagnosis and treatment.
By using the latest advancements in CT technology, however, our doctors can now take sinus CT scans in our office with the MiniCAT™ scanner.
Our MiniCAT™ scanner is a small, upright CT scanner that creates fast, exceptional quality images of the sinuses and ears. MiniCAT™ scans have a significantly lower radiation dose than sinus scans taken on a full-body CT scanner. Because our MiniCAT™ scanner is located in our office, you doctor can take your CT scan during your examination.
Why use MiniCAT™?
MiniCAT™ scans are comfortable and quick:
- You sit comfortably upright in the scanner chair
- We position your head
- We start the scan
- The overhead gantry makes a single rotation around your head
- Adult scans take 40 seconds and pediatric scans take only 20 seconds
MiniCAT™ scans are also safe: the x-ray radiation dose for adults is much lower than sinus and ear scans taken on full-body CT scanners, and the dose for pediatric scans is 2 times lower than adult scans.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do doctors diagnose sinus or ear problems?
Generally, your doctor will talk with you about your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical exam, and if needed, order a CT scan of your sinuses or ears.
What is a CT scan?
CT stands for Computed Tomography. CT scanners create three-dimensional x-ray images of the anatomy giving doctors valuable information to diagnose disease and/or plan for surgical procedures.
How is MiniCAT™ different than traditional CT scanners in hospitals?
Unlike traditional CT scanners which are often used to image many different parts of the body, MiniCAT™ is specifically designed to image the sinuses, temporal bones and skull base.
How does MiniCAT™ work?
You sit comfortably upright in a chair while an overhead arm makes a single rotation around your head. Within seconds, your CT scan will appear on your doctor’s computer monitor.
How long does a scan take?
MiniCAT™ has several imaging methods, but a typical scan will take only 20 seconds or less.
Is it safe?
Yes. MiniCAT™ scans have a significantly lower radiation dose than sinus and ear scans taken on full-body scanners in hospitals or imaging centers.