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Imaging Tests for Headaches (ACR)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely

Medical Category: Imaging

Article Type: Advice

Language: Plain English, Spanish

Affiliation: American College of Radiology

Format: HTML, PDF

Most recent update: 04/04/2012

Many people who experience severe headaches want a CT scan or MRI to see if they're caused by a brain tumor or other serious problem. But most of the time neither test is necessary. The tests rarely help diagnose the problem, and can pose risks.

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