Computed tomography (CT) scans of the temporal bones use x-ray technology and advanced computer analysis to create detailed images that allow your doctor to evaluate the area for abnormalities.
What are the Temporal Bones?
The temporal bones are located underneath the temple on the sides of your skull. Conditions that can affect these structures include:
- Hearing loss
- Facial paralysis
- Nasal or ear bleeding
What is This Imaging Test Performed?
If your doctor has ordered a CT scan of your temporal bones, it is typically because he or she wants to evaluate the area for:
- Hearing problems
- Inflammatory conditions
- Various types of tumors
What to Expect From the Procedure?
If contrast dye is being used, the technician will administer it through an IV. Immediately after the injection, it’s completely normal to experience a warm sensation and metallic taste in the mouth. However, notify your doctor immediately if sneezing, congestion, throat irritation, and swelling occur.
Immediately before the test, you will lie on your back with your arms at your sides. From there, your head will be positioned inside the scanner and the first set of images will be taken. The front and back of the machine are open, so you will be able to see your surroundings. You will then turn over and lie on your stomach with your head resting on your chin, and the second set of images will be captured. The entire process should take around 30 minutes.
Are CT Scabs Safe?
Many patients are worried about radiation exposure during CT scans. Fortunately, these machines use extremely low doses of radiation. In fact, your risk of cancer due to this type of exposure is so small that it can’t be reliably measured.
Contact SFENTA Today
If you need a CT scan of the temporal bones, there is no better destination than SFENTA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.