Which imaging studies are used to identify the site of obstruction in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Modalities available for identifying the site of obstruction include lateral cephalometry, endoscopy, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and radiography. The accuracy of these methods for identifying the sites of obstruction is not clear. At present, upper airway (UA) imaging is used primarily as a research tool. Routine radiographic imaging of the UA is not performed.

Go to Upper Airway Evaluation in Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea for complete information on this topic.


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