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In order to fully evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases of the head and neck, our physicians may need to obtain radiographic imaging.

Common radiographic imaging includes:

CT scans, computed tomography-, uses x-rays and a computer to create images of the tissues of the head and neck to assess head/neck injuries, severe headaches, dizziness, aneurysms, bleeding, stroke, and tumors. It also is used to evaluate your face, sinuses, and airway.   A CT scan can distinguish air, fat, fluid, solid soft tissues of muscle density, and bone.

MRI scans– uses a magnetic field and radio waves to obtain detailed images of the tissues, bones, blood vessels, your inner ears, orbits (eye sockets), sinuses, thyroid gland, mouth, and joints in your head, neck, and spine.

Ultrasound – uses sound waves to evaluate diseases of the neck.  It is often used to evaluate the thyroid gland, various salivary glands, lymphnodes, or masses of the soft tissues of the neck.

Nuclear Medicine scans –uses radioactive material to evaluate structures and functions inside the head and neck.   They can help diagnosis tumors, infections, hematomas, organ function and enlargement, and cysts. 

Fluoroscopya type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, allowing visualization of the movement of internal organs in real-time.   It can be very useful in determining problems with swallowing.

Plain Films – are the simplest medical images using X-rays.  Plain films can be used to evaluate potential fractures from trauma, foreign bodies, airway obstruction.  Although they are easy to obtain, they often cannot answer the diagnostic question and may yield confusing information leading to misdiagnosis.

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