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CT Head, Head CAT Scan, Head CT, CT Brain

  • Indications
  1. Cerebrovascular Accident
    1. Differentiate Hemorrhagic CVA from Ischemic CVA
    2. More sensitive than LP for Intracranial Hemorrhage
    3. Test Sensitivity diminishes from time of Hemorrhagic CVA
      1. Test Sensitivity 95-100% at 12 hours from onset
      2. Test Sensitivity 50% at 7 days from onset
      3. Hemorrhagic CVA is not detectable on CT Head at 2-3 weeks from onset
      4. Suarez (2006) N Engl J Med 354(4): 387-96 [PubMed]
  2. Brain Tumors (larger than 2-4 mm)
    1. Enhanced with iodinated Contrast Material
  3. Hydrocephalus
  4. Subdural Hematoma (80%)
  5. Evaluation of Traumatic Head Injury
    1. CT Head in every Severe Head Injury
    2. CT Head in every Moderate Head Injury
    3. See Head Injury CT Indications
    4. See Head Injury CT Indications in Children