What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of methanol toxicity?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Kalyani Korabathina, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) scanning may reveal the characteristic changes of bilateral putaminal necrosis with varying degrees of hemorrhage, in addition to involvement of the cerebral white matter. However, the lesions may not be well localized when compared with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings.

Moreover, often the initial CT scan is normal and several days may elapse before lesions become evident.

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