CT and MR imaging are complementary in the evaluation of cerebral head trauma. CT is still more useful for the initial evaluation of the acutely unstable patient who has a head injury. However, many lesions are identified by MR imaging such as cortical contusions, small subdural hematomas, and diffuse axonal injuries that may not be seen on CT examinations. In addition, MR angiography can play an important role in the diagnostic evaluation of the trauma patient. MR angiography can be clinically useful in delineating vascular abnormalities such as arterial occlusions, arteriovenous fistulae, dissecting aneurysms, and venous sinus occlusion. In pediatric trauma, MR imaging appears to be superior to CT in assessing head injuries, particularly those due to child abuse.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Radiologic Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging