How are imaging studies used in the diagnosis and evaluation of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: May 18, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Imaging studies used in the diagnosis and evaluation of allergic rhinitis include the following:

  • Radiography: Can be helpful for evaluating possible structural abnormalities or to help detect complications or comorbid conditions, such as sinusitis or adenoid hypertrophy

  • Computed tomography scanning: Can be very helpful for evaluating acute or chronic sinusitis

  • Magnetic resonance imaging: Also can be helpful for evaluating sinusitis

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