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What is a CT of the head?

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A CT scan of the head is a type of scan that uses special X-ray equipment to obtain images from all angles of the head. It then joins the images together to show a cross-section of body tissues and organs. The scan provides detailed information on head injuries, stroke, brain tumors, and other brain diseases.

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Why might my doctor recommend a CT of my head?

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A CT of the head may be recommended for many different reasons. Your doctor may recommend a CT of the head if you experience severe headaches or if he or she is questioning your risk of stroke, a mass or tumor, or other neurological symptoms. A CT of the head can detect a variety of problems within the brain, including: bleeding, blood clots, brain damage, skull fractures, brain tumors, and diseases or malformations of the skull. The procedure also is used in planning radiation therapy for cancer of the brain or other tissues.