The diagnosis of chronic sinusitis is based on a patient’s history, sinus endoscopy and findings on x-rays. The best x-ray method to view sinuses is with computed tomography also known as cat scanning (CT). CT provides multiple thin cut images through the sinuses to give the most detailed view possible. The latest advance in CT has been the introduction of Cone Beam Cat Scanning (CBCT) for sinus imaging. This technology has been around in the dental and oral surgery community for several years but only recently was adopted by ENTs and Rhinologists for sinus imaging.
Since 2008, Ohio Sinus Institute was the first practice in Columbus to offer this safe, convenient and cost effective sinus imaging technology. We were also the first practice to have our scanner accredited by the national governing body, IAC-CT. This means our facility ranks and abides by the strictest rules for patient safety and compliance with best practices that large hospitals must follow. Dr. Karanfilov is the first ENT in the country to perform comparative research on cone beam cat scans presenting his research in 2008 at the American Rhinologic Society Meeting. The second part of this research has recently been completed that has surveyed patients to report on their experiences with traditional hospital based cat scans versus having the scan performed in the office. These results have been reported as a presentation at the annual American Rhinologic Society meeting and the paper was published.