What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of turbinate dysfunction?

Updated: Jun 24, 2021
  • Author: Sanford M Archer, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Sinus CT scanning is useful for delineating the extent of disease in patients who have underlying chronic rhinosinusitis or acute recurrent rhinosinusitis. Anatomic relationships between the middle turbinate, the septum, and lateral nasal wall may also be useful in the evaluation of nasal headaches. Preferred scans are those in a coronal plane with 2- to 3-mm thickness and bony windows. Contrast is not helpful. See Nasal Cavity Anatomy, Physiology, and Anomalies on CT Scan.


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