At DFW Sinus we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of rhinological care to our patients by staying on the forefront of sinus surgery innovation and advanced endoscopic sinus technology. Our commitment to extra training and being on the cutting edge of technology translates into a more pleasant experience for you at our office. We employ the latest diagnostic approach to sinus disease. Treatment objectives that were once considered unattainable are now possible by utilizing advanced equipment and materials. We are committed to advancing our specialty through ongoing education.
The In-Office CT Scanner for Otolaryngology
ILUMA Cone Beam CT Scanner
This ILUMA CT scanner is available at our Fort Worth office! The ILUMA Cone Beam CT (CAT) scanner is an in office CT scanner that offers a variety of advantages over traditional scanning. These include high resolution images with 3 dimensional reconstructions. The sinuses, ears, facial bones, and temporomandibluar joints (TMJ) can be displayed clearly and in various views.
Cone Beam CT – Convenient and Safe
Additionally, the cone beam CT has significantly lower radiation exposure than traditional CT scans. This ranges from 1/20th in children’s scans to 1/7th in adult scans. With increasing concerns about life-time radiation exposure, this is a critical advantage over traditional imaging. Image disturbances caused by metallic structures such as braces or fillings–is minimized. Patients are able to sit comfortably without having to flex or extend their necks into difficult positions. Children’s scans can be accomplished in as few as 7 seconds.
The ILUMA Cone Beam CT scanner allows us to scan, diagnose, and treat within a single visit. The large, easy to see scans displayed on the monitor, makes it easy for you to review with Dr. Monty Trimble. Because of its open and stable design, getting your in office sinus CT scan in our office is comfortable, convenient and safe.
Sinus and Temporal Bone CT ICACTL Accreditation "Seal of Approval"
Monty V. Trimble, MD, DFW Sinus, has been granted accreditation in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone CT by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories (ICACTL).
Computer Tomography (CT) is a highly regarded diagnostic imaging tool due to its ability to detect minute differences in tissue as its multiplanar reformatted imaging capabilities. An estimated 69 million CT scans are performed annually in the United States to diagnose conditions of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities, cardiac system and sinus and temporal bones.
Early detection of life threatening conditions and other diseases is possible through the use of CT procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are very helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on CT testing. The skill of the CT technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
Accreditation by the ICACTL means that DFW Sinus has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICACTL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
ICACTL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of CT. When scheduled for a CT procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting http://www.intersocietal.org/ct/main/patients.htm.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which include physicians, technologists and physicists. CT accreditation is required by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their CT procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for some facilities it remains a voluntary process.