Sinuses/Face CT scan

What is a CT scan of the sinuses or face?

CT of the sinuses or face is an X-ray-based procedure in which images (pictures) are taken of your sinuses or face.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Arrive 20 minutes prior to your exam.There is no preparation for this exam. Earrings and facial piercing’s will need to be removed.

What will happen during the exam?

During the exam the majority of patients will lie on the table on their stomach, with their chin extended out on a cushion. For certain specialty sinus procedures, or for those patients that are unable to lie on their stomach the procedure will be completed lying on their back. The table will rise up and move in and out of a large circle.

Once the technologist has positioned the patient it will be very important to hold still. A few images will be taken so that the technologist can set up the area to be scanned. Once the scan is set up the procedure will start.

How long will the procedure take?

Depending on the reason for the exam, the procedure can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. 

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer.  A Radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report.  A transcription of the report will be typed and sent to your physician.

How will I learn the results?

You will get the results of the exam from your doctor.

Important: If there is any possibility that you are PREGNANT or NURSING a baby, please speak with your referring physician before your scheduled appointment.



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