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NMJ. 2013; 2(1): 02-11

How to read a Computed Tomography scan for traumatic brain injury in emergency room

Dr.Amit Agrawal.

CT brain is the integral part of investigation in any case of cranio-cerebral trauma patient in emergency room. It is an extremely useful diagnostic tool that is used routinely in the care of trauma patients in emergency department. It has been suggested that even a brief educational effort of these persons can provide considerable proficiency to interpret cranial CT scans. With an increasing role of dental experts in the management of craniofacial trauma patients it is anticipated that it would be helpful to know how to read a CT scan of a suspected traumatic brain injury patient in an emergency department. It is important to recognize and familiarize with the normal appearance of different anatomical parts of the brain on CT scan (Cerebral, cerebellum, brain stem, ventricles and skull bones etc.). The present article discusses the basic s of CT scan and provides a pictorial presentation of commonly seen intracranial lesions in patient with traumatic brain injury.

Key words: CT scan, traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, head injury.

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