X-ray – head; X-ray – skull; Skull radiography; Head x-ray
How the test is performed
You will be asked to lie on the x-ray table or sit in a chair. Your head may be placed in different positions.
How to prepare for the test
Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry.
How the test will feel
Generally, there is little or no discomfort during an x-ray. If there is a
Why the test is performed
Your doctor may order this test if you you have injured your skull or you have symptoms or signs of a structural problem inside the skull (such as a tumor or bleeding).
A skull x-ray is also used to evaluate an unusually shaped child’s head.
Additional conditions under which the test may be performed include the following:
Malocclusion of teeth Mastoiditis Occupational hearing loss Otitis media; chronic Otosclerosis Pituitary tumor Sinusitis
What abnormal results mean
Abnormal results may be due to:
Erosionor decalcification of the bone
Movement of the soft tissues inside the skull
A skull x-ray may detect
What the risks are
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks associated with x-rays.