In Office Technology
At the California Sinus Centers we are committed to incorporating technology into our practice to provide the safest, most effective and accessible sinus care to you and your family members. Here are just a few examples:
Nasal Endoscopy in San Francisco, CA
Many of our new patients are nervous about undergoing sinus examination with a nasal endoscope. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Prior to your nasal endoscope exam, you will be sprayed with medication that will decongest and numb your nasal passages. The endoscope will allow your provider to look deeper into your sinuses than with traditional instruments. We have stocked our clinics with 3 mm (pediatric) endoscopes to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. See our consent form:
In Office CT Scan
Many of our new or return patients will need a CT scan of their sinuses at their visit. For your safety and convenience, we offer low-dose CT imaging at many of our offices. Low dose CT scanners such as the Xoran MiniCat CT system pictured here allow a 10-50 fold reduction in effective radiation dose compared to conventional CT imaging of the sinuses. A CT scan is a common diagnostic tool in our practice and our imaging protocols ensure that this procedure is both safe and convenient for our patients.
A CT scan is a common diagnostic tool in our practice and our imaging protocols ensure that this procedure is both safe and convenient for our patients. Most patients will get less than .20 msv. Still worried ? – calculate your risk below – put in your age and .18m dose not .7.
In Office Image Guided Navigation
Many of our patients may be a candidate for in office surgical procedures using local anesthesia as an alternative to traditional OR-based sinus surgery with general anesthesia. There are many advantages of in office procedures including: fast recovery time, less discomfort, and reduced cost to the patient. To ensure the highest level of safety we offer in-office image guided surgical navigation at our Atherton office. This technology was previously offered only in an operating room setting. If you are interested in whether you may be a candidate for in-office sinus surgery contact our offices today.
Balloon Dilation of Sinus Openings: Sinuplasty™
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is an FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. This treatment is used in cases of early sinusitis before nasal polyps have developed. This procedure is often done in the office setting and is used in the operating room in cases where the anatomy is very narrow.
Physicians at California Sinus Centers are proud to have been some of the first providers in the world to use Balloon Sinus techniques as we assisted in the development of the technology over a decade ago.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology uses a small, flexible tube with a dilating balloon on the end. Dilation is used to open up blocked sinus openings. This will push aside bones and tear soft tissue thus increasing the sinus drainage and, hopefully, function. After the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining without significant bleeding or tissue removal.
We want to share information with you and your other providers! We incorporate wearable LCD technology into our exam rooms so you can view your nasal endoscopy and better understand your diagnosis and treatment options. We also provide copies of your CT imaging on-site. They are valuable education tools that help our patients understand their nasal and sinus disorder.
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We are proud to offer online services including: patient portal access to medical information, secure online messaging and electronic bill pay. These services were designed to improve communication, accessibility and convenience.
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Our ENT specialists offer the most up-to-date technology into our practice to provide the safest, most effective, and accessible sinus care. Contact California Sinus Center to schedule an appointment at our ENT centers in the Bay Area, CA, view our locations and call or request an appointment online today!