Radiography, Angiography and Computed Tomography of the Central Nervous System
Patients who require cranial imaging while undergoing intensive care fall into two broad categories: patients with a primary intracranial lesion, and patients with intracranial manifestations or complications of a primary extracranial disease. Those patients in the first category suspected of harbouring lesions which may be amenable to neurosurgical treatment will almost certainly be investigated by computed tomography (CT) after referral to a neurosurgical unit. Those patients in the second category may frequently be treated in a hospital without a CT service, although access to a local hospital with CT scanning is very likely to exist. When CT scanning is available, the roles of skull radiography and angiography are limited.
KeywordsIntracerebral Haematoma Radiographic Film Subdural Empyema Neurosurgical Unit Cranial Imaging
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