Neuroradiology: imaging (curriculum)

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Neuroradiology imaging is dominated by CT and specifically, by the non-contrast CT head. Requesting the correct imaging in a timely manner is vital to ensure accurate diagnosis for patients.

Summary

  • CT head
    • first line investigation of head trauma
    • really useful to look for haemorrhage
    • useful in acute stroke
      • check for acute haemorrhage
      • often normal in the acute phase
    • contrast may be added:
      • mass lesion
      • infection
      • tumour
  • MRI brain
    • multi-sequence, multi-planar study
    • different sequences allow assessment of different things
    • no radiation
    • takes a long time and patient needs to stay still
    • more claustrophobic than a CT
  • US carotids
    • assessment of blood flow in the carotid arteries
    • used in the assessment of stroke
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