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Nasal and Sinus Cancer Diagnosis

We diagnose nasal and sinus cancers using several methods. Tests we use include:

Physical exam: We will check the nose, throat and face, looking for anything out of the ordinary and checking for swollen lymph nodes.

Imaging: We may check for signs of cancer using several different imaging options, including:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • CT scan

Nasal endscopy: Using a special tool called a nasal endoscope, we can examine the nose using a tiny camera and light. We may also remove small tissue samples for testing during a nasoscopy.

Biopsy: We can remove a small sample of tissue, either using nasoscopy or a small thin needle (called fine needle aspiration).