When should CT scanning be performed for acute sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Delay CT scanning until antibiotics control acute exacerbation; this practice allows correct diagnosis of chronic inflammation, mucoperiosteal thickening, soft tissue swelling, and ethmoid osteitis.

Because of concerns of radiation exposure, use of limited sinus CT scanning (see the image below) is gaining wide acceptance as an alternative to a single Waters view for evaluation of pediatric chronic sinusitis.

CT cuts for a limited CT study. CT cuts for a limited CT study.

See the main article Imaging in Sinusitis for more information.


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