Diagnostis tools are important because they can provide detailed information and give Dr. Sikand and Kate a better picture of what may be causing your symptoms. There are several diagnostic tools and tests that can be used to diagnose and treat sinus and nasal problems. Some of these tools include medical imaging, endoscopies and labwork.
CT (CAT) Scan
A CT scan of the sinuses will give Dr. Sikand a complete view of your sinus anatomy.
This is an important test done at your visit to help Dr. Sikand get a better look inside the nasal passage and sinus cavities.
Other Diagnostic Tools
Mucous culture – In some cases, a culture is a helpful diagnostic tool especially if your condition does not improve with medication. If necessary, a sample may be collected and sent to an outside lab for analysis . This is done by gently swabbing inside the nose. There may also be times where a biopsy is needed, particularly during surgery, which will also be sent to an outside lab.