Sinus CT Scanning

Riesberg Institue

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists & Hearing Instrument Specialists located in Pensacola, FL

When you suffer from chronic sinusitis, sinus CT scanning shows the extent of the inflammation and if the underlying cause is a structural problem in your nose. Michael Riesberg, MD, and the exceptional team at Riesberg Institute in Pensacola, Florida, offer the convenience of CT scans performed on site so you don’t need to travel to a separate facility or wait for results. When you need a quick and accurate sinus CT scan to diagnose and treat nose and sinus problems, call the office or book an appointment online.

Sinus CT Scanning

What is a sinus CT scan?

A CT scan takes a series of X-rays from different angles around your head, sending the images to a computer that turns the X-rays into cross-sectional and three-dimensional images. As a result, CT scans reveal details of your bones and soft tissues that aren’t visible on a standard X-ray.

With an on-site CT scan, your Riesberg Institute provider can avoid more invasive procedures such as endoscopy, that are often used to examine the inside of your nasal passages and sinuses.

When might I need a sinus CT scan?

When your Riesberg Institute provider takes a CT scan, the images show the air-filled sinus cavities, the membranes lining the sinuses, the airways through your sinuses and nose, and the structures inside your nose.

Your provider may recommend a CT scan to:

  • Determine the cause of chronic sinusitis
  • Evaluate swollen membranes in the sinuses
  • Diagnose inflammatory diseases
  • Identify benign and cancerous tumors
  • Detect nasal obstructions
  • Plan for endoscopic nasal surgery
  • Plan for minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty


CT scans use a low level of radiation, so your exposure is minimal. 

What happens during my sinus CT scan?

You can’t wear metal objects such as jewelry, dentures, or hairpins during a CT scan. You may also need to remove hearing aids. Otherwise, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for a sinus CT scan.

During your scan, you sit in a comfortable chair, where you need to stay as still as possible as the device moves around your head and takes X-rays from all angles. During the procedure, you can see the device move, but you won’t feel anything.

How long does it take to perform a sinus CT scan?

Your scan takes less than a minute, but the entire procedure takes slightly longer while your provider makes sure you’re properly positioned in the chair. Since the images go directly to a computer, they’re available immediately, so you don’t need to wait long for results.

If you need a sinus CT scan, you can have the procedure in the comfort of the Riesberg Institute clinic. To ask questions or schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.