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Meet Dr. Larian

Dr. Babak Larian, the Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified surgeon...
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CT Scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the body. The scan, which creates quite detailed pictures, may be used to diagnose an infection, guide a surgeon to the right area during biopsy, identify masses and parotid tumors (including parotid cancer), to study blood vessels and to look for salivary stones.  It is a better study then an MRI for diagnosing salivary stones, but in terms of tumors, the MRI gives more information.

For the scan, you will be asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner. Once you are inside the scanner, the x-ray beam of the machine will rotate around you. A computer will then create separate images of the area being scanned, and these images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. 3D models of the scanned area can also be created by stacking individual images together.

Left Parotid StoneBecause movement causes blurred images, it is important that you lay still during the exam. Generally, complete scans to located abnormal parotid gland or parotid tumors only take a few minutes.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of CT scans and how they can help locate parotid tumors, or determine if it is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Larian by calling (310) 997-2409 today.

 

 


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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA