sinusitis is usually based on your
medical history and
physical exam. A detailed history of the
problem often can be of more value to the diagnosis than a physical exam. If
the symptoms and physical findings are typical of sinusitis, further testing is
usually not needed.
Sinus X-ray, which
may be done to confirm a suspected case of sinusitis. An X-ray produces a
picture of dense tissues inside the body. But a CT scan provides better
Less often, other tests may be done by an ear, nose, and
throat (ENT) specialist (also called an otolaryngologist) or by an
allergist. These tests may include:
endoscopic sinus exam (ESM) (nasal endoscopy). An ESM
uses a lighted viewing instrument called an
endoscope to view structures inside your nose and
sinus cavities. ESM is used to evaluate chronic sinusitis.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI may be done
if there is reason to believe that an infection has spread beyond the sinuses.
It is also helpful in evaluating growths or tumors inside the nose or
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January 24, 2014
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