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Skull X-Ray

Alternate Names : Skull Radiograph, X-Ray of the Head, X-Ray of the Skull

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

A skull X-ray is an imaging test that allows a healthcare provider to see the bones that make up the skull, face, and nasal sinuses. A few brain abnormalities can be seen as well, such as calcium deposits inside the brain.

Who is a candidate for the test?

A skull X-ray may be taken:

  • when there has been an accident or injury to the skull, known as a head injury
  • when a brain tumor is suspected, though other imaging tests, such as a cranial CT scan, are more commonly performed in such cases
  • to evaluate an unusually shaped head in a child, which may indicate hydrocephalus
  • to diagnose a sinus infection
  • How is the test performed?

    A skull X-ray can be performed in a hospital, clinic, or office. The person is asked to lie or sit still on a special table. Many views, or pictures, are taken from the back, front, and sides.


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    Skull X-Ray: Preparation & Expectations

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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