What is an X-Ray of the Skull?

A skull X-ray is an imaging test doctors use to see the bones of the skull, including the facial bones, the nose, and the sinuses. It’s an easy, quick, and effective method that has been used for decades to help doctors view the area that houses your most vital organ — your brain.

Who should get this test?

X-Ray of the Skull is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:

  • bleeding from the wound caused by the trauma, near the location of the trauma, or around the eyes, ears, and nose
  • bruising around the trauma site, under the eyes in a condition known as raccoon eyes, or behind the ears as in a Battle’s sign
  • severe pain at the trauma site
  • swelling at the trauma site
  • redness or warmth at the trauma site
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • fainting

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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