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Diagnosing Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions with Imaging Studies

Diagnosing Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions with Imaging Studies
Diagnosing Ear, Nose & Throat Conditions with Imaging Studies

The number of ENT surgical procedures performed worldwide is expected to exceed 21 million by 2022.1 If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, hearing loss, or ear infections, your ENT may order an imaging study. In general, an otolaryngologist (ENT) practitioner would use three types of images to help make and examine a diagnosis: CT scan, MRI scan or Ultrasound. 

A computerized tomography (CT) scan uses a series of x-rays taken from various angles and put together to examine parts of the body that may otherwise not be visible to the doctor. Suppose you suffer from chronic sinusitis, hearing loss, or ear infections. In that case, your ENT may order a CT scan of the sinuses or temporal bones to visualize the area and obtain the information necessary to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. 

An MRI uses a strong magnetic field combined with radio waves that allow a computer to produce images of the inside of the ear, nose, or throat. MRI allows for better differentiation of soft tissue structures within the sinuses. It is used occasionally in cases of suspected tumors or fungal sinusitis. 

Ultrasound is a dynamic, cost-effective, and valuable diagnostic tool. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create a live image from inside of a patient’s body. This painless test helps diagnose numerous conditions. ENT sonography uses ultrasound to interpret facial and neck complaints as well as facial swelling and neck masses. 

With the latest advancements in imaging technology, ear, neck and throat health issues can be easily diagnosed. Talk to your healthcare provider to see how an imaging study can help diagnose your condition. 

Our Houston MRI ® & Diagnostic Imaging mission is to provide the patients and physicians with affordable medical diagnostic imaging in a warm and patient-friendly environment. It is our goal to make the medical imaging procedure as pleasant as possible. Our communities promise "hospital quality imaging without the hospital costs" with efficient service to both our patients and physicians.

1(www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-ear-nose--throat-surgery-market-trends--opportunities-2018-2022-number-of-procedures-per-year-is-forecast-to-grow-at-a-cagr-of-5-7-300901772.html)