At Raleigh ENT we strive to provide excellent care. We also know that our patients are busy and appreciate convenience. We are pleased to be able to offer in office CT (CAT) scans for evaluation of the sinuses.

What is a CT scan?

CT scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body.

X-rays are not needed for all patients, and your doctor will suggest what is appropriate when you are in for your visit. However, if a CT scan is needed, it can often be done during your visit.

When is a CT scan needed?

For example, sometimes a patient has been suffering with sinusitis for months. The primary care physician has provided appropriate treatment, yet nothing seems to work. After talking to her and examining her, her physician at Raleigh ENT decides more information is needed. A CT scan can be done to show all of the sinuses and nasal passages. Results are available within minutes and can be reviewed with you in the office. Perhaps the sinuses are free of infection and alternative diagnoses like allergies or migraines can be considered. Perhaps she has polyps or some other blockage that needs to be addressed. Or maybe chronic sinusitis is found and more antibiotics or surgery are needed.

This convenient test (when appropriate) can help you and your doctor make the most informed decision about treatment.

Does it hurt?

No. The scanning takes less than five minutes. We can accommodate children, adults, and older patients. We use advanced technology (Siemens CARE dose) to deliver maximum image quality with minimized radiation doses.