Head and Brain CT

CT Scan of head, brain and temporal bones

A Head, Brain and Temporal Bones CT scan is used to visualize the internal structures of your head. It can detect disease or malformations of the skull and its internal organs.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a CT Technologist with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Why is this procedure performed?

This procedure is performed to provide detailed information on head injuries, stroke, brain tumors and other brain diseases. It also can show bone, soft tissues and blood vessels in the same images.

Where is the procedure performed?

University Imaging Center
University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Diagnostic Radiology
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Are there any preps for this procedure?

No, there are no preps for this procedure.

What can I expect before this procedure?

Once you arrive in Radiology, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. Anything that might interfere with imaging of the head such as earrings, eyeglasses, dentures, dental implants or hairpins should be removed. The Technologist will explain the procedure to you and escort you to the CT room.

What can I expect during this procedure?

CT Scan of head, brain and temporal lobes

You will be lying on your back on the CT table and your head will be scanned. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief periods of time and you will have to remain still during the scan.

How long is the procedure?

The scan is approximately 30 seconds, but plan on being with us for about 15 minutes.

What can I expect after this procedure?

After the procedure,the results are sent to your doctor and you may resume normal activity.

Are there any risks with this procedure?

There is a very low risk that one may have from the exposure to radiation. CT emits a very low dose of radiation.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

MRI and X-rays are both alternatives to this procedure.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.