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Your body is a complex structure. Visual examination often cannot render enough information for your Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, ENT (also serving Hollywood) to make the right diagnosis and to plan treatment for your sinus, hearing, allergy or other ear, nose and throat problems. At the Broward Center for Ear, Nose Throat & Allergy, Drs. Shapiro and Joorabchi offer their patients superior diagnostic techniques that are precise and as minimally invasive as possible. The Mini CT Scan is one of them.
What is a CT scan?
CT stands for Computerized Axial Tomography. A CT scanner produces a multitude of cross-sectional images of a particular part of the body such as the brain, sinuses, liver and other hard to visualize areas. Through assembling these digital images, or slices, into one composite picture, your Pembroke Pines and Hollywood ENT sees these hidden areas in three dimensions. Also, the images highlight structures, such as large blood vessels, that conventional X-rays do not show.
CT Scans are quick and painless. Plus, they avoid more invasive procedures such as exploratory surgeries. However, CT Scans do have the disadvantage of exposing patients to varying levels of radiation. This fact particularly concerns physicians when their patients are children or pregnant women.
How does a mini CT scan work?
To further simplify the CT Scan procedure and to reduce radiation exposure, Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Joorabchi offer innovative Mini CT Scans. Manufactured by Xoran Technologies, the Mini CT apparatus has an open design which patients like and a quick scanning time of 10 to 20 seconds. It uses only 1/20 of radiation of conventional machines, and the results are immediate.
Faster scan results mean:
- Quicker diagnosis
- No waiting for results
- Immediate treatment when needed
Many ENT physicians use Mini CT Scans to guide them during surgeries such as balloon rhinoplasty, an in-office surgery which opens blocked and inflamed sinus passages for people with chronic sinusitis.
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The professional team at Broward Center for Ear, Nose Throat & Allergy in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, take great pride in providing the most up to date ENT techniques along with compassionate, patient-centered care. New technology such as the Mini CT Scan is just one of a wide variety of services this experienced practice offers you for the relief of sinus disease, allergies, headaches and more. For more information, call the office at (954) 438-7171.
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What is a mini CT scan?
A mini CT scan, or CAT scan is similar to an X-ray in that it snaps images of the inside of the body to diagnose certain conditions. A CT scan can be used to pinpoint fractured bones, tumors, injuries, bleeding and diseases. A mini CT scan can also detect the same abnormalities but significantly faster. In fact, a mini CT scan is the quickest way for your Hollywood, FL ENT doctor to diagnose sinus-related disorders and issues.
How does a mini CT scan work?
Traditional CT scans require the patient to lie down in a machine, which can cause some people to feel claustrophobic. However, a mini CT scan eliminates this concern, as patients only need to sit down to be scanned.
This arm-like machine will make one rotation around the patient’s head to capture the images it needs for your Hollywood, FL ENT to make a proper diagnosis. Then images will be immediately uploaded onto the computer for us to assess.
What are the benefits of a mini CT scan?
The biggest benefit is that the scan only takes about 40 seconds for adults and even less time for children. This is a particularly great option for children who are nervous about having any test performed. Furthermore, a mini CT scan removes the need for a closed machine, which can feel uncomfortable and cause anxiety in some patients.
Since the results are automatically sent to the computer, this allows your Hollywood, FL ENT doctor to immediately detect the cause of your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan faster. This ultimately means less time spent in the office.
And for those patients who are concerned about the radiation levels that these types of diagnostic tests emit, you will be happy to know that these mini scans actually emit about 90 percent less radiation than regular CT scanners.
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