What is a CT Brain?

A specialized, computer guided procedure performed to look at the anatomy of the brain.

What to expect?

The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes. Sometimes an injection of dye is given to help see the blood vessels and finer structures of the brain.

What are some of the common uses?

CT scanning of the brain is typically used to detect:

  • Bleeding, brain injury and skull fractures with head injuries
  • Bleeding caused by a ruptured or leaking aneurysm in a patient with a sudden severe headache
  • A blood clot or bleeding within the brain shortly after a patient exhibits symptoms of a stroke
  • Brain tumors
  • Enlarged brain cavities (ventricles) in patients with hydrocephalus

What to do?

There is no preparation necessary for this test. After the test drink more fluids to help get rid of the dye unless you are instructed not to do so.

How will I learn the results?

A neuroradiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888.364.6400.

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