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Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2002 May;12(2):339-43.

Surgical management of head trauma.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 1200 North State Street, Room 5046, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.


In addition to its inability to predict pressure elevation accurately, head CTs done serially even at 12-hour intervals, cannot adequately portray the dynamic, sometimes rapid evolution (usually growth) of a traumatic hematoma. These limitations aside, CT scanning provides adequate imaging for rational surgical treatment of head injury. Whether for monitoring, diagnostic, or therapeutic purposes, cranial procedures for traumatic pathology are guided by CT.

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