A CT head scan is performed to take an image of the brain and/or sinuses and facial bones. This scan is commonly done to aid in the diagnoses of headaches, evaluate hearing problems, evaluate facial fractures/injuries, aid in facial reconstruction surgery planning, or to diagnose stroke or cancers.
How do I prepare for the exam?
Usually no preparation is needed. You may be asked to remove jewelry, dental devices, hearing aids and glasses.
What can I expect during the exam?
This exam is conducted by a radiologic technologist specially trained in CT.
You will be asked to lie very still, and you will feel the table move in and out of the machine.
The exam usually lasts only a few minutes.
What can I expect after the exam?
Your scan will be read by a radiologist and a written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.