Skull radiography

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 23 Mar 2023

Skull radiography is the radiological investigation of the skull vault and associated bony structures. Seldom requested in modern medicine, plain radiography of the skull is often the last resort in trauma imaging in the absence of a CT.


Skull radiographs are indicated for a variety of settings including:

  • trauma
  • magnified technique to evaluate palpable bony lesions on the scalp
  • to exclude the presence of metallic foreign bodies contraindicated to MRI
  • skeletal survey


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