A cranial CT scan uses a series of X-rays to diagnose pathologies in the brain and skull.
Remove earrings, hearing aids, eyebrow piercings, hair clips and wigs. For women of childbearing age, it is important to advise the technologist if you might be pregnant, as X-rays are harmful to the fetus.
A medical imaging technologist will invite you to lie down on your back with your head in a head rest. Your head may be immobilized to prevent any movement during the image acquisition. You will be given eye and throat shields to prevent these areas from being exposed unnecessarily to radiation.
A radiologist will analyze the exam and send the report to your treating physician. There are no side effects.