CT Scan question

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hands_superior

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  1. Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    This is question is more of an emergency room question.

    let's say a patient visit an Emergency room nearby his/her home and the patient's head hurts ... like a really bad headache/migraine that has been going on for a week or two. Can the emergency room doctor order a CT scan for the head to see if there is any physical damage to the brain structure?

    I understand that the CT scan or any imagery equipment orders are for more serious conditions such as head trauma but what about a really bad headache? I mean what if there is bleeding inside the brain ?
     

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      An ER physician can order any tests necessary based on the patient's history and physical findings. They can and should not order CTs on everyone with a headache as that is a tremendous waste of resources.

      Closing thread as this seems to be more of a medical advice question.
       
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