Ear, Nose & Throat Diagnosis

Benefit from Leading Ear, Nose and Throat Diagnosis at Aurora Medical Center in Summit

Our Aurora ear, nose and throat specialists rely on physical examinations, cultures, biopsies, imaging studies and sleep studies to obtain an ENT diagnosis. Your Aurora ENT doctor may use one or more of the following tests and diagnostic tools to help determine your ear, nose and throat diagnosis and create your individualized treatment plan.

  • Otoscope: your doctor may use an otoscope to visualize your outer ear and eardrum
  • Endoscopy: use of a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope helps examine areas inside your body. The type of endoscope your doctor uses depends on the area being examined. For example, a laryngoscope is inserted through your mouth to view your larynx or an esophagoscope could be used to examine your esophagus. And, and your ENT physician may insert a nasopharyngoscope through your nose to see your nasal cavity and nasopharynx
  • Laboratory tests: examine samples of blood, urine or other substances from your body
  • Culture: if your doctor suspects an infection, a sample of fluid will be taken from your ear, nose or throat. The sample is then examined a laboratory and to help identify the organism
  • Biopsy: removes tissue then a pathologist studies the tissue under a microscope to make a diagnosis. A biopsy is the only sure way to tell whether you have cancer
  • X-rays: create diagnostic images of areas inside your head and neck
  • CT scans: short for computed tomography, a CT scan of the face produces images of your paranasal sinus cavities. The test is painless, noninvasive and accurate. The diagnostic study produces images of your hollow, air-filled spaces located within the bones of your face and surrounding the nasal cavity. CT scans may be used to detect the presence of inflammatory diseases and sinusitis
  • MRI: magnetic resonance imaging uses a powerful magnet linked to a computer to create detailed pictures of areas inside the head and neck, which results in highly refined images without surgery. By using strong magnets and pulses of radio waves, this technique produces better images of organs and soft tissues than those of other scanning technologies
  • PET/CT scan: combines PET images, which, reveal cancer cells and appears as dark areas on the scan, with CT scans that show structure to help identify cancer and exactly where it exists
  • Sleep studies: home studies are available prior to more extensive studies at our Sleep Disorder Centers (link to sleep centers). An all-night sleep evaluation will be prescribed, if necessary. You'll spend the night in a private, homelike bedroom with a television. As you sleep comfortably, you'll be monitored for up to 15 different functions such as brain activity, muscle activity, eye movements, breathing through your nose and mouth, heart function and oxygen levels. It's all completely painless