Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

Are imaging tests used to diagnose headaches?

Dr. Richard Kim discusses how imaging tests are used to diagnose your headache. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Are imaging tests used to diagnose headaches?

So diagnose a headache you want to be evaluated by your physician and have a thorough history and physical exam taken. The most important thing is to rule out secondary causes or other causes that can be causing the headaches. And this can include things like aneurysms and tumors. To help with this, imaging can be done, often times an MRI of the brain or CT scan of the head may be ordered to evaluate for other causes, as well as lab tests to check for thyroid disease and other disorders that may be contributing to the headaches.

 

To diagnose your headache, your physician will evaluate your symptoms, take a thorough history and complete a physical exam. The most important thing is to rule out other conditions that could be causing the headaches. This can include conditions like aneurysms and tumors. Imaging of the brain and head can help figure out what’s going on. An MRI of the brain or CT scan of the head may be ordered to evaluate you for other causes. Lab tests may be completed to check for thyroid disease and other disorders that may be contributing to the headaches.

Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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