Kentuckiana Ear, Nose and Throat located in Louisville, KY has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in CT in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone CT by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that Kentuckiana Ear, Nose and Throat has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC 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.
IAC 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: www.intersocietal.org/ct/main/patients.htm.
Kentuckiana ENT offers the convenience of CT scan evaluation of the sinuses and temporal bones in their Springs location. Point-of-care imaging allows our physicians to diagnose problems of the sinuses and ears with immediate access to images, resulting in faster diagnosis and treatment. The in-office CT scan generally takes only 10-20 seconds, and patients are able to sit comfortably during the scan. In addition, the CT scan has significantly low radiation exposure (1/8th the dose) than traditional scans.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which sodium and chloride channels are abnormal, which causes thick mucus that fails drain well. Nearly all people with cystic fibrosis have nasal polyps. Many have severe chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis and pneumonia in cystic fibrosis develop because of this poor mucus clearance. People with cystic fibrosis can also develop diabetes (mellitus) from pancreatic involvement. Diabetes suppresses the immune system and increases the risk of infection. Treatment strategies for cystic fibrosis-related chronic sinusitis requires special dedication, often including a combination of medical and surgical therapies. Sinus surgery should reserved symptomatic patients refractory to aggressive medical therapy. Sinus surgery must be carefully performed by an experience sinus surgeon who is used to taking care of cystic fibrosis patients because scar tissue can develop easily in these individuals. A study I performed with my Johns Hopkins colleagues showed there are many novel therapies and approaches to cystic fibrosis chronic sinusitis that have been shown to significantly improve the quality of life of people with this disease (1). However, every patient is different and requires a tailored approach and more research is needed.
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- Thomas S. Higgins, MD, MSPH
(1) Liang J, Higgins TS, Ishman SL, Boss EF, Benke JR, Lin SY. Surgical management of chronic rhinosinusitis in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jul 9. doi: 10.1002/alr.21190. [Epub ahead of print]
August to November is ragweed season! Many patients ask me around this time of year: Why am I getting a Cold in the middle of Summer?! Well, most people are actually having allergy symptoms from the ragweed, but if untreated it can turn into a sinus infection. So, get back on those nasal sprays, medications, and irrigations if you have not been using them consistently! Reconnect with your allergist or ENT if you have one! And make sure this Ragweed season does not keep you inside during this beautiful time of year!
- Thomas S. Higgins, M.D., M.S.P.H.
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