At ACENT's Anchorage facility, we offer a variety of special services on-site, such as CT scanning and videostroboscopy, for the convenience and better care of our patients. In most cases, we are able to perform these diagnostic tests immediately, which saves our patients the time and hassle of an additional appointment at a separate location. This technology also allows us to arrive at a diagnosis and begin treatment more quickly.
If you are in need of an ENT specialist, we encourage you to request a consultation or call (907) 279-8800 to meet with one of the physicians at Alaska Center for Ear, Nose and Throat. For our Homer and surrounding patients, please call (907) 235-0310.
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ClariFix® Cryotherapy for Chronic Rhinitis
Patients who experience the following symptoms frequently or on a regular basis may suffer from chronic rhinitis:
- Watery runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Congestion in the morning
- Post-nasal drip
- Need to clear the throat
We offer an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive treatment called ClariFix for healthy adults who are frequently bothered by a stuffy, runny, drippy nose. Chronic rhinitis can occur when the nerves in the back of the nose become out of balance and send unnecessary signals to the nose, causing the lining to swell and produce mucus as if it's protecting the body from an illness.
The ClariFix procedure uses intense cold (cryotherapy) to interrupt the nerve signals and stop the sinuses from overreacting. We perform this simple procedure in our office. First, the inside of the nose is numbed with a local anesthetic. Next, the ClariFix device is inserted into the nose ,and the cooling is activated. Patients typically feel pressure, cold, and mild discomfort during the treatment.
After treatment, patients may return to their regular daily activities the same day. It is normal for the nose to feel sensitive, congested, and sore as it heals. Within 2 to 6 weeks, patients typically notice a reduction in their symptoms and can breathe more freely—and put away the tissue box.
SINUVA™ Treatment for Nasal Polyps
Adults who have undergone ethmoid sinus surgery and are bothered by nasal polyps may benefit from an innovative nonsurgical treatment option called SINUVA. This temporary sinus implant works in 2 ways:
- Physically opens the sinus cavity
- Shrinks nasal polyps by releasing anti-inflammatory medication
Within approximately 90 days, SINUVA provides the following benefits:
- Reduces nasal obstruction and congestion
- Shrinks nasal polyps
- Improves impaired sense of smell
We can place the SINUVA implant during a quick office procedure. Before the procedure, we numb the nose with a local anesthetic. Next, we insert the tiny implant (about the size of the head of a cotton swab) through the nostril. Once placed into the sinus cavity, the implant opens like an umbrella. Patients typically feel minimal to no discomfort. If the implant is not naturally expelled within 90 days, it can be removed in our office.
Computed tomography imaging, or CT scanning, is an important diagnostic tool for visualizing internal structures of the body. It is an X-ray technique, but unlike traditional 2-D X-rays, which produce overlapping images, it produces images in cross section, offering 3-D visualization. CT scans provide valuable information that we use when planning for sinus surgery or ear surgery. They are more likely to detect conditions which can be missed a significant percentage of the time on conventional X-ray films.
ACENT has a Xoran MiniCAT™ scanner in our office to provide ENT-specialized CT scanning services directly to our patients. It is a compact, upright CT scanning system designed for high-resolution bone window imaging of the sinuses, temporal bones and skull base. MiniCAT provides immediate access to images at the patient's point-of-care, resulting in a faster diagnosis and treatment.
This device has a lower radiation dose than conventional (full-body) CT scanners, and scans in less than 20 seconds. Patients can sit upright in an open design, rather than lying down in the tightly enclosed spaces of conventional CT scanners.
Videostroboscopy achieves several key components of a complete voice examination. It collects useful, real-time information concerning the nature of vibration; captures an image to detect vocal pathology; and produces a permanent video record of the examination.
A video strobe unit consists of:
- A stroboscopic unit (light source and microphone)
- A video camera
- An endoscope (long, slender optical instrument)
- A video recorder
Stroboscopy can be performed by using either rigid or flexible endoscopes; each has its own benefits and drawbacks.