We offer the convenience of in-house CT Scanning at seven locations: West Ashley, Summerville, South Mt. Pleasant, North Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, Moncks Corner and Goose Creek. Our GE HiSpeed and Xoran MiniCAT scanners provide precisely detailed images of inner ears, nasal passages, throat and sinuses within seconds.
Charleston ENT has achieved national accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission of Computed Tomography Laboratories (IAC) for our CT scanners, among the first 500 CT laboratories in North America to earn this recognition for high quality patient care and diagnostic technology.
Prior to the office-based CT scanners, patients would often see a physician on their first visit and need to return for a consultation after an imaging study was performed elsewhere. Our in-house CT scans enable us to initiate consultation, obtain the CT scan when necessary, and develop a definitive treatment plan in the same visit. For example, a CT scan is often needed to diagnose and more accurately treat chronic sinus problems and can be performed with this technology in less than a minute.
Information from the CT scan can then be forwarded through our network telecommunication system to any of our seven offices and/or a radiologist. It can also be sent directly to the operating room for reference during surgery.
We know our patients' time is valuable. This is one example of how we strive to provide efficient, high-quality care for their ear, nose or throat illnesses.
Our MiniCAT scanners are small, upright CT scanners that create fast, exceptional quality images of the sinuses and ears. MiniCAT scans have significantly lower radiation dose than sinus and ear scans taken on a full-body CT scanner.Because our MiniCAT scanner is located in our office, your doctor can take your CT scan during your office visit.
Neck and Thyroid Ultrasound
Ultrasound scanning or sonography involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. An ultrasound scan does not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsies of the neck and thyroid are done in our West Ashley office by a board certified interventional radiologist and a certified sonographer.
Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
This procedure used ultrasound to guide a tiny needle into a thyroid or other neck nodule.Cells are removed through this tiny needle and sent to the lab for diagnosis.The procedure takes about 30 minutes using only local anesthesia.I causes minimal discomfort, little or no bruising, and requires no stitches.