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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: 09/26/2016
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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