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Point-of-Care Imaging in Otolaryngology

Our specialists are dedicated to restoring your function and relieving pain by applying knowledge, skill, the latest techniques and advanced technology.

The benefits to point-of-care imaging are extensive. With point-of-care CT imaging, the SENTA Clinics’ otolaryngologist is provided with digital 3-D images which can be reviewed in conjunction with the patient at the time of the initial office visit, which improves patient education, reduces patient anxiety, and improves patient compliance with prescribed treatment.

  • Scans are quick: scans last 40 seconds.
  • Scans are comfortable: patients sit upright during the scan.
  • Scans are convenient: scanners are located in ENT office.
  • Scans are safe: Mini CT scans have lower radiation than traditional CT scans.

We utilize this technology to scan sinuses and temporal bone (for ear related problems). Our patients find that most insurance plans recognize our in office CT scans as a covered procedure.

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SENTA Clinic, has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone CT by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories (ICACTL).

Accreditation by the ICACTL means that SENTA Clinic has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICACTL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

ICACTL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of CT. When scheduled for a CT procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting the ICACTL web site.

ICACTL accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which includes physicians, technologists and physicists. In addition, several insurance companies require their providers of CT services to be accredited.

Immediate and Accurate Diagnosis

CT scans are integral to proper diagnosis and treatment. Studies have indicated that on site scanning can change the initial diagnosis in up to 75% of cases. Our in-office scanner offers distinct advantages over sending you to a radiology center for the scan.

SENTA Clinic’s point-of-care CT scanner offers patients the opportunity for same-day diagnosis. Instead of sending our patients to an off-site imaging center, scans can be completed in the office shortly after an indication for the scan is confirmed. Scans are completed in as little as 40 seconds, and the images are available for viewing in less than 10 seconds. Your SENTA Clinic ENT can review the scans with the patient in real-time just as soon as a diagnosis is ascertained allowing the treatment plan to start immediately. Starting a treatment plan with same-day diagnosis allows our patients to receive the treatment they need when they need it most.

SENTA Clinic adheres to the concept of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) and continue our commitment to “Image Gently”. We maintain the highest standards of accuracy, dedication, and patient safety through the intelligent use of advanced technology administered by our highly qualified staff specialists in our CT Scan Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CT (CAT) Scan?

Computed tomography (CT) is a sophisticated imaging technique that can show anatomy at different levels within the body. During CT imaging, the x-ray source rotates around the patient and each rotation produces a single cross-sectional “slice”. CT allows physicians to see a horizontal piece of the body just as if you were taking a slice of bread out of a loaf.

CT Scans are used to take pictures of virtually any part of the body. There is a minimal amount of radiation exposure with CT and therefore should not be performed without a good medical reason but the benefits of this test far out weigh the risk for most patients. For patients undergoing Computed Tomography (CT) imaging of the paranasal sinuses, skull base and temporal bones, both conventional CT and cone beam CT (CBCT) imaging are appropriate methods for imaging these anatomical structures.

CT Scans are performed by radiologic technologists who use their knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy and a mastery of highly technical equipment to create quality accurate and precise medical images. They work closely with radiologists (physicians trained to interpret these images).

How do I prepare for a CT Scan?

To prepare for your CT scan, you may be asked to make some changes in your diet. If you are to be given “contrast” through an intravenous (IV) line during the procedure, you will be asked to drink extra water the day before and day of the exam. The IV contrast may make you feel warm and give you a strange taste in your mouth, but won’t last long. The use of “contrast dye” enhances blood vessels and helps doctors distinguish between normal and abnormal tissues. For other types of CT scans you will be asked to drink “contrast” prior to the start of the exam.

If you are given any special preparation instructions, please be sure to follow these so that your scan can proceed as scheduled. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant your exam will be rescheduled until it is safe to proceed.

Please be sure to let the CT technologist know if you have allergies, kidney problems or diabetes, as well as anything you ate or drank earlier on the day of your test.

What will happen during and after a CT Scan?

During the Scan – You will sit comfortably.   The technologist may ask you not to swallow or to hold your breath during parts of your scan. Your CT Scan will take anywhere from 40 seconds depending on the type of scan(s) ordered by your physician.  The results are available IMMEDIATELY your physician will share the results of your CT scan with you usually the same day.

After the scan – You can resume your normal diet and activities immediately following your CT scan. If IV contrast was used you will be instructed to continue drinking extra fluids for about 24 hours.

We offer in office CT Scans to diagnose your symptoms and explore your treatment options on
the same day you meet with one of our top rated physicians, please call us at 619-810-1000.

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