What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of neonatal seizures?

Updated: Jul 31, 2019
  • Author: Raj D Sheth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP  more...
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Cranial computed tomography (CT) scanning is a much more sensitive tool than ultrasonography in detecting parenchymal abnormalities. The disadvantage is that the sick neonate must be transported to the imaging site.

A distinct advantage is that with modern CT scan techniques, a study can be obtained in approximately 10 minutes.

Cranial CT scan can delineate congenital malformations. Subtle malformations may be missed on CT scan, requiring a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study.


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