A CT (computed tomography) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of your body and the structures inside your body. A CT scan of the head can give your doctor information about your eyes, the bones of your face and nose, your inner ear, and your brain.
During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner. The CT scanner is a large doughnut-shaped machine.
A CT scan of the head can help find the cause of symptoms that may mean you have a brain injury or bleeding inside your head. It can also find a tumour and damage caused by a stroke and help find the best treatment for the cause of a stroke.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 9, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Howard B. Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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