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Last updated: 11/24/2009

Purpose

Doctors may order skull x rays to aid in the diagnosis of a variety of diseases or injuries.


Sinusitis

Sinus x rays may be ordered to confirm a diagnosis of sinusitis, or sinus infection.

Fractures

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skull x ray may detect bone fractures resulting from injury or disease. The skull x ray should clearly show the entire skull, jaw bones, and facial bones.


Tumors

Skull radiographs may indicate tumors in facial bones, tissues, or sinuses. Tumors may be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).


Other

Birth defects (referred to as congenital anomalies) may be detected on a skull x ray by changes in bone structure. Abnormal tissues or glands resulting from various conditions or diseases may also be shown on a skull radiograph.



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A skull X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones of the skull. The nasal sinuses can also be viewed on a skull X-ray. Skull X-rays have largely been replaced by computed tomography (CT) scans.

X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that are focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body. X-rays make a picture by striking a detector that either exposes a film or sends the picture to a computer Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the X-rays and look white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, block fewer of the X-rays (more of the X-rays pass through) and look like shades of gray on an X-ray. X-rays that pass only through air look black.


From http://health.yahoo.com/children-conditions/skull-x-ray/healthwise--hw214348.html

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For a neurosurgery, as for any other surgery, it's important to always bring x-rays and any other medical records the patients has.


-Dr Catherine McAuley

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