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What are the advantages or disadvantages of a CT scan of the head?

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Dr. Randy Davey
Dentistry

In brief: Depends on necessity

A ct scan is very good for examining hard tissue.
An MRI shows softer tissue. The amount of radiaion with the newer machines is very low and very seldom is problematic unless the patient has already been exposed to a lot of radiation.

In brief: Depends on necessity

A ct scan is very good for examining hard tissue.
An MRI shows softer tissue. The amount of radiaion with the newer machines is very low and very seldom is problematic unless the patient has already been exposed to a lot of radiation.
Dr. Randy Davey
Dr. Randy Davey
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology

In brief: Fast and inexpensive

A ct of the head is extremely quick (less than a minute) and can rule out fracture, bleeding, and many other serious conditions.
It is not as sensitive to pathology as an MRI (especially in the soft tissue), and does involve exposure to x-rays.

In brief: Fast and inexpensive

A ct of the head is extremely quick (less than a minute) and can rule out fracture, bleeding, and many other serious conditions.
It is not as sensitive to pathology as an MRI (especially in the soft tissue), and does involve exposure to x-rays.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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