Skull radiography

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 19 Sep 2021

Skull radiography is the radiological investigation of the skull vault and associated bony structures. Seldom requested in modern medicine, plain radiography of the skull is often a last resort in trauma imaging in the absence of a CT. However, it is still utilized in the setting of skeletal surveys. Occasionally it might be used as a magnified technique to evaluate palpable bony lesions of the scalp

It is also used in some departments to exclude the presence of metallic foreign bodies that might contraindicate MRI.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: skull positioning lines
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  • Figure 2: lateral view
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