Head Trauma CT Scan

 Posted by on 29 April 2009 at 12:27 pm  Health Care
Apr 292009

While working a recent evening shift, the following dramatic case came through the ER. The patient was a 61 year old man in a bad car accident who arrived in the ER unconscious with obvious head trauma.

Here are two sample images from the CT scan of his head.

The arrows on the first image point to extensive internal bleeding and air within the skull, with gross distortion of the normally symmetric brain structures:

A second image shows more detail of the depressed skull fractures. (This is the same location as the first image but with the brightness/contrast settings altered to show bone detail as opposed to brain and soft tissue detail):

Immediately after his CT scan, he was taken to the OR for emergency neurosurgery. The last I heard, he was still alive but his future was still very uncertain.

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