Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 8, pp 535–539

CT scout films: Don't forget to look!

  • Seyed A. Emamian
  • Elizabeth C. Dubovsky
  • L. Gilbert Vezina
  • William Carter
  • Dorothy I. Bulas
Case Report

Abstract

Background

A lateral scout view of the head is always obtained when performing head computed tomography (CT). It is common knowledge that viewing the lateral scout view may provide additional information. For a variety of reasons, however, a careful review may not be performed routinely.

Objective

To illustrate the value of the lateral scout view, we present a series of representative cases.

Patients

Six patients with clinically relevant findings on the scout view.

Results

Most of the ancillary findings were in the upper cervical spine/neck, which is typically included on the lateral scout view.

Conclusion

Careful evaluation of the scout view of the head CT, including the skull and neck, may yield valuable information, which may not be visualized on the axial CT images.

Keywords

CT-head CT-scout image Cranial CT Neuroradiology 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyed A. Emamian
    • 1
  • Elizabeth C. Dubovsky
    • 1
  • L. Gilbert Vezina
    • 1
  • William Carter
    • 2
  • Dorothy I. Bulas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging and RadiologyChildren's National Medical Center, George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyBethesda Naval Medical CenterRockvilleUSA

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