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High resolution CT scanning in patients with post-traumatic head pain is superior to conventional radiography for detecting fractures and other lesions of the facial structures. This is an important consideration, since such lesions may be responsible for the post-traumatic pain. Direct axial and coronal scanning is adequate for diagnosis in most cases; multiplanar reconstructions can be done to obtain sagittal and other views. The radiation dose and cost of CT are comparable to those of conventional tomography.