Use of CT Scans in an Out-patient Headache Population: An Evaluation


  • Joseph D. Sargent M.D.,

  • Robert C. Lawson M.D.,

  • Patricia Solbach Ph.D.,

  • Lolafaye Coyne Ph.D.



A total of 177 consecutive patients with either tension or migraine headaches were examined with unenhanced CT Scans. For the overall group 28% were abnormal while 26% of the patients with migraine and 33% of those with tension headaches had abnormal scans. Our findings were similar to several smaller studies in more seriously disabled patients. Follow-up studies are planned to determine if our CT Scan results are indicative of a progressive disorder.