What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of acute sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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MRI is useful only if fungal infection or a tumor is suggested. MRI is excellent for evaluating soft tissue disease within the sinuses, but it is of little value in the diagnostic workup for acute sinusitis.

This type of imaging may be too sensitive to define soft tissue structures. MRI is not useful for detecting bone pathology. MRI is mainly used to evaluate intracranial extension and can be used as an adjunct to CT scanning in defining allergic fungal sinusitis.

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