Symptoms And Treatment Of Head Injuries

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Head injuries can be fatal or may cause permanent disability or damage to the brain if it is not identified and treated in a timely manner. A computed tomography head scan done within one hour after a traumatic event will allow for rapid treatment and improve the outcomes for patients with head injuries that may have damaged to the brain. When used appropriately, the benefits of a computed tomography far exceed the risks. Computed tomography head scans can provide detailed information to diagnose, plan treatment, and evaluate many conditions in adults and children. Computed Tomography imaging also known as CT or a CAT scan, combines a series of x-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross- sectional images also known as slices of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside the body. The CT scan reveals anatomic details of internal organs that cannot be seen on conventional x-rays. A motorized table moves the patient through a circular opening of the CT scanner known as the gantry which houses the x-ray tube. As the patient passes through the CT system, the x-rays rotates around the opening. A beam of x-rays exposes the patient as the table moves in and out of the scanner in a series of phases. Detectors on the opposite side of the patient record the x-rays exiting that section of the patients’ body. They then produce cross-sectional views or slices. The data is then sent to a computer to reconstruct all of the individual
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