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    Skull X-Ray

    What Affects the Test

    Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

    • If you can't remain still during the test. The pictures may not be clear.
    • If you have a possible neck injury. In this case, it may not be possible to do a complete set of skull X-rays.
    • If you have a false eye (prosthetic eye) or other artificial or metal objects on the head. These can make a shadow on the X-ray picture that hides part of the bones.

    What To Think About

    • A computed tomography (CT) scan may be done instead of a skull X-ray. A CT scan shows more detail than an X-ray does. It may show tiny fractures better than an X-ray and can also show injuries to the brain and other tissues. CT scans are more expensive than skull X-rays and may not be available in some areas. To learn more, see the topic Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Head and Face.
    • Your X-ray results may be different from earlier test results because you were tested at a different medical center or you had a different kind of test.

    Other Works Consulted

    • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

    • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerHoward Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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