Tutorial 7: Non-traumatic Neurological Emergencies
In the emergency setting, accurate clinical assessment in combination with appropriate imaging is essential for the identification of patients with non-traumatic neurological emergencies. The aim of this chapter is to inform students of the role of imaging for patients presenting with complex neurological emergencies including stroke, seizure, cauda equina syndrome and potentially fatal causes of headache and acute confusion. At the end of the tutorial students should be able to identify the appropriate modality for the investigation of each condition and identify the key radiological features for each emergency. We will start by providing an explanation of cerebral oedema and hydrocephalus, these findings are commonly observed in some of the above neurological conditions.