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A head computed tomography (CT) scan uses many x-rays to create pictures of the head. It is a diagnostic tool used to create detailed pictures of the skull, brain, paranasal sinuses, ventricles, and eye sockets.
Reasons a Cranial CT Scan Is Used
The pictures created by a cranial CT scan are far more detailed than regular X-rays. They can help diagnose a range of conditions, including:
- birth defects
- fluid buildup
- bone abnormalities
Your doctor may order a cranial CT scan if you have had an injury or display any of these symptoms with no apparent cause:
- seizures (especially recent onset)
- sudden behavioral changes or changes in thinking
- hearing loss
- vision loss
- muscle weakness or numbness and tingling
- speech difficulty
- difficulty swallowing
A cranial CT scan can also be used to guide other procedures such as surgery or biopsy.
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