If you’re suffering from sinus infections that need surgery, then your ENT surgeon could ask you to do a CT scan. The sinus CT scans in Houston can help you diagnose sinusitis, which is the inflammation (swelling) of the sinus tissues. It can also help your surgeon deliver better treatment.
Normally, a CT scan doesn’t last for more than five minutes, but it provides details that reveal which tissues are actually causing the infection while enabling the doctor to remove them efficiently.
A computed tomography (CT) scan of sinuses works with x-ray technology and computer software to create clear pictures of the sinuses. A sinus CT scan enables doctors to assess the source of injury, infection or abnormal functioning of the sinus.
Dr. Nguyen uses CT scan technology to ascertain the reasons for the symptoms you’re experiencing. As an ENT specialist, he knows your ear, nose and throat are all linked together. So, when there are signs of a disease or infection in one of these organs, it will affect the others.
That’s why CT scans are so important — they reveal the real underlying cause of the symptoms. They’re also vital just before surgery so the doctor can know whether your pre-surgery medication has dealt with the infection or if your condition is stable or more severe.
The in-office CT scan machine makes it easy for patients in Houston to get imaging studies completed in an office without going through the hassles of visiting a hospital. They offer the following benefits:
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect before, during and after your CT scan.
Leave all jewelry including earrings, hairpins and necklaces at home. Leave your implants, false teeth and dentures at home, too.
Dr. Nguyen will get details about your medical history before the scan begins. He’ll also explain the procedure to you and answer your questions as he positions you on the table.
Sometimes, the surgeon will inject a contrast dye, which may give you a warm sensation or leave a peculiar taste in the mouth. If you have any sneezing or nasal congestion, tell Dr. Nguyen right away.
Since he is one of the few ENT specialists that use an in-office CT scan procedure in Houston, the procedure may be carried out in a sitting position without the need to lie down. The scanner will take images from the front and back of your head.
If you had a contrast dye injection, you should drink at least six glasses of water to flush it out after the procedure. Dr. Nguyen will read and analyze the results within minutes, and you can also receive digital copies of your scans. After discussing the implications of the results with you, he’ll recommend the best type of treatment.
If you need to do a sinus CT scan and get back to work promptly, contact Dr. Nguyen now to book an appointment. Houston Sinus & Allergy offers unique in-office CT scan services to people living in Houston, TX, and Cypress/Jersey Village.
Dr. Cong Thu (CT) Nguyen is a Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgeon who has extensive training and experience in the diseases of the ears, nose and throat. His special clinical interests include sinus diseases, snoring disorders, allergy treatment and image guided functional endoscopic sinus surgery. He has 15+ years experience as a leading ENT expert and has helped hundreds of people get relief from their nasal & sinus conditions.
“I was suffering of constant congestion and running fevers every month! I was very miserable for almost 2 years. I decided to come see Dr. Nguyen after writing other doctors who wouldn't even give me the time of day. Dr. Nguyen actually sat down and listened! He noticed many things other doctors didn't. He treated me for my allergies and combined the procedure on me. After the procedure, I could actually breathe! Dr. Nguyen has ever since given me advice on how to continue to take care of my nose and keep allergies under control.”
“Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very nice. The sinus procedure was tough at the beginning as I could not take steroids to aid the recovery process, but now I'm feeling great!”
“Surgery was not as complicated as I feared. I feel the benefits after a few weeks. The doctor and his staff are awesome and very personable. I highly recommend this office to anyone with sinus issues.”