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NCCT for maxillary sinusitis diagnosis.

I had fever and facial pain for 3 months and got resolved with antibiotics. the facial pain is not going.i was asked to undergo CT scan of nose and face, i heard it is radiation of X-ray type. will it be fine if i undergo the NCCT, iam worried about the radiation. waiting for the reply
Sun, 8 Nov 2009
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i am having maxillar sinusitis for past 2 yrs, i only on on plain killers and antibiotics but wat is this NCCT is it test or treatment, please mention the full form na, dont use short foms
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Piyush Pandey's  Response
NCCT??even i donno what is NCCT...i was diagnosed to have sinusitis..and i am on painkillers and antibiotics..i think it is some scanning like ct scan
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Dr. Sumit Bhatti's  Response

NCCT means a Non - Contrast CT Scan or a Plain CT PNS (Para-Nasal Sinuses). It is the gold standard investigation for diagnosing Sinus related problems.

Contrast injection is only used in special cases.

Newer CT Scan machines have a higher radiation exposure, but at the same time are able to give higher resolution scanning which is necessary to see the wafer thin bony partitions of the sinuses. They can also scan in multiple planes and are very quick, requiring just a couple of minutes for a scan. 

The amount of X-ray radiation exposure can be reduced by reducing the resolution if such High Resolution (HRCT) if it is not required in your case.

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