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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1987;16(3): 719-726.
Comparision of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography in Severe Head Injury.
Young Seok Kim, Won Han Shin, Kwan Soon Choi, Bark Jang Byun, In Soo Lee
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Eight patients who had incurred head trauma were studied with computed tomography(CT) and magnetic resonance imaging(MRI). CT was performed using an Omnimedical 6000 scanner and MRI was conducted with 0.15 Tesla resistive system. Clinically, patients varied from those with focal neurologi signs to those with severe neurological dysfunctions including posttraumatic coma. MRI was superior to CT in visualizing nonhemorrhagic contusion in all cases and MRI & CT gave equivalent information in traumatic intracerebral hemorrhages & subdural hygroma. If CT is negative or the abnormalities identified in CT are insufficient to explain the clinical condition of the patient, MRI should be recommended for more accurate diagnosis & evaluation.
Key Words: Head trauma; CT; MRI; Nonhemorrhagic contusion
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