Neuroradiology: tests and when to use them (curriculum)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Neuroradiology tests and when to use them are a set of articles that help to outline the common tests that may be used in radiology and what they are useful for.

CT head is the chest x-ray of the neurology and neurosurgical world and is the mainstay of investigation. MRI brain is a much more complicated test which will be more sensitive and specific in most situations, but takes much longer to perform and is more expensive. Its availability is therefore significantly more limited than CT.


  • CT head
    • first line investigation for head trauma
    • really useful to look for haemorrhage
    • useful in acute stroke
      • check for acute haemorrhage
      • often normal in the acute phase
  • MRI brain
    • multi-sequence, multi-planar study
    • different sequences allow assessment of different things
    • no radiation
    • long study - patient needs to stay still
    • more claustrophobic than a CT
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