MDCT imaging of traumatic brain injury

Br J Radiol. 2016;89(1061):20150849. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20150849. Epub 2016 Jan 5.


The aim of emergency imaging is to detect treatable lesions before secondary neurological damage occurs. CT plays a primary role in the acute setting of head trauma, allowing accurate detection of lesions requiring immediate neurosurgical treatment. CT is also accurate in detecting secondary injuries and is therefore essential in follow-up. This review discusses the main characteristics of primary and secondary brain injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Multidetector Computed Tomography / methods*