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Performing a CAT Scan for the Diagnosis of Sinusitis

Do you know what exactly sinusitis is? Its causes? And how can it be detected? In this post we answer these questions and much more, we begin!

What is sinusitis?

First of all, it is essential to know exactly what sinusitis consists of: inflammation of the paranasal sinuses caused by an infection of the nasal passages or the alveoli of the teeth, which usually produces nasal obstruction and severe headache.

Sinusitis can be caused by a fungus, a bacterium, a virus or by an allergy, and excess mucus and blockage of the paranasal openings make these bacteria and other microorganisms can reproduce more easily and quickly, and thus cause the appearance of sinusitis.

Causes of sinusitis:

Next we specify what the main causes of segregation of mucus and the tamponade of the paranasal sinuses are:

·        When the cilia (hair located inside the paranasal openings) do not manage to remove the mucus due to some condition.

·        A nasal bone spur, the deviated septum or the presence of nasal polyps that block the paranasal sinuses.

·        Allergies and colds cause excessive secretion of mucus, which can also block the paranasal sinuses.

CT SCAN: the best imaging modality for sinusitis

CT scan (Computerized Axial Tomography) is the safest way to study the head, as well as the most reliable and effective imaging technique to determine if the breasts are clogged, as a CT scan of the face produces images that also show the cavities of the patient's sinuses.

In addition, performing this imaging test can detect not only sinusitis but also congenital defects in the paranasal sinuses, infection in the paranasal sinus bones, injury to the face on the paranasal sinuses, masses and tumors or nasal polyps.

What are the benefits of a CT Scan Cost?

·        The tests by CT SCAN are fast and simple.

·        It is less sensitive to patient movement than MRI Scan Cost.

·        A CT can be performed even if the patient has implanted any type of medical device, which does not happen with a

·        CT imaging provides images in real time, providing a good tool to guide minimally invasive procedures.

·        A CT scan can eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and a surgical biopsy.

·        After the CT scan, no radiation remains in the body.

·        In general, X-rays used in CT scans do not have immediate side effects.

·        The CT images are accurate, they are not invasive and they do not cause pain either.

Further…

The use of the CT SCAN is also recommended for:

·        Cases where sinusitis has already been treated with one or two cycles of antibiotics.

·        When it is necessary to check the extent of the sinus condition to establish or not a surgical indication

·        When you want to rule out the possibility of having a foreign body in the nostril

·        In case of suspected rhinolith (mineralized nasal mass)

·        To rule out sinusitis and confirm another headache such as migraines

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