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