Reasons for Head CT Scan

When your doctor informs you that you need the Head CT Scan procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Head CT Scan is Performed


Alternate Names for Head CT Scan:
CT scan, head



Reasons for Test

A CT scan is done to study the skull, brain, jaw, sinuses, and facial bones. The scan will look for signs of injuries, tumors, infections, or other diseases.

Your doctor may recommend a head CT if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Head injury or injury to the face or eyes
  • Dizziness or problems with balance
  • Confusion
  • Behavior or personality change
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Swelling in the face, head, or neck


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What Is
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Reasons For Head CT Scan
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Head CT Scan Complications
Complications
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Head CT Scan Details
What to Expect
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Head CT Scan Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
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