NEWS:SKULL X-RAYS POOR AT DETECTING INTRACRANIAL BLEEDING

Plain skull radiographs should be abandoned as a means of detecting intracranial bleeding in people with mild head injury, according to Dutch investigators.


The results of a review of studies showed that skull radiography has only 38 per cent sensitivity too low to show the serious internal bleeding which occurs in about 8 per cent of cases. Observation and, if necessary, computed tomography, say the researchers, is still the best way to detect intracranial bleeding (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatr, 2000; 68: 416-22).

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