What is an in-office CT?
A computed tomography (CT) is a three-dimensional image that provides a detailed picture of the internal body structures. At Cross Timbers ENT, we perform in-office CT scans to assess the anatomy of the sinuses, ears, nose, and throat. These images help our specialists to properly diagnose ENT diseases and conditions. With an accurate diagnosis, we can determine the best plan for treatment to improve your health. Reach out to any of our locations in Mansfield, Arlington, or Midlothian, TX to book an appointment. We are here to serve you and your family with exceptional, patient-focused care.
What Are the Benefits of an In-Office CT Scan?
CT scans administered at any of Cross Timbers ENT’s three North Texas offices are invaluable and safe diagnostic tools for patients and practitioners. Benefits of CT scans include:
- A quick and easy process
- Safe, with only minuscule exposure to ionizing radiation
- Completely pain-free with no downtime
- Giving doctors 3D images of the ear, nose, throat, and sinuses
- Enabling diagnoses and treatment plans for ENT conditions
- Can be used on many age groups and patients with medical implants
In-Office CT Reviews
"Dr. Wu and his staff are the best. My visit went like clockwork. CT scan, visit with Dr. Wu and I was out the door. Friendly, professional staff, no wait. Excellent."- D.H. / Google / Dec 30, 2022
"Sinus issues have been plaguing me since January. Dr. Wu was able to do a CT Scan in his office immediately and was able to identify the problem."- C.J. / Google / Aug 03, 2023
Who Is a Good Candidate for an In-Office CT Scan?
Individuals with sinus issues, hearing difficulties that have presented recently, or suspected ear infections are ideal candidates to receive a CT scan at Cross Timbers ENT. Because CT scans help provide a 3D look at all of the components and structures of the ear, nose, and throat, CT scans help our North Texas specialists make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans that are most likely to resolve your condition. While not every sinus or ENT condition may be appropriate for CT imaging, it is a valuable and simple tool that can be a first step to relief at Cross Timbers ENT.
What to expect with an in-office CT
A CT scan might sound scary, but it's a simple, in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. It's similar to getting an x-ray, and once done, you'll be free to go about your usual day. During a CT scan, we'll have you sit in a chair and the scanner rotates around your head as you sit still. These pictures are then sent to a computer to create a 3D view of your internal structures.
In-Office CT Scan FAQ
Are CT scans safe?
Yes, they are. According to the Mayo Clinic, even though CT scans expose you to ionizing radiation, the amount is so small that it can’t even be reliably measured. The benefits of early diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition far outweigh the minor risk posed by a CT scan.
Does a CT scan hurt?/
No, it doesn’t. Having a CT scan doesn’t feel like anything at all.
How long does a CT scan take?
A CT scan at Cross Timbers ENT only takes a few minutes, and then you can get back to your normal routine.
What are CT scans used for?
CT scans are used to visualize various parts of the body, including the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. They can help diagnose and monitor conditions such as tumors, infections, bone fractures, internal injuries, and other medical conditions.
Can anyone have a CT scan?
Most people can safely undergo a CT scan. However, pregnant women should avoid CT scans unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Patients with severe kidney problems may also need to take precautions when contrast material is used.
How should I prepare for a CT scan?
The preparation for a CT scan can vary depending on the area of the body being scanned. In some cases, you may need to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours before the procedure. Our team at Cross Timbers ENT will provide specific instructions based on your situation.
Schedule a CT scan
A CT scan provides valuable information to help us identify signs of disease and conditions that impact the ears, nose, throat, and sinuses. Having on-site CT technology enables our Cross Timbers ENT team to provide convenient care to you and your family. Contact our office in Midlothian, Mansfield, or Arlington, TX to schedule a CT scan today.