Head CT not helpful for acute dizziness

This single center retrospective cohort of patients presenting to an ED with acute dizziness found head CT imaging to be diagnostic in only 2% of patients; MRI yielded a diagnosis in 16% of patients. This study supports the recommendations of the American College of Radiology, which recommends MRI for patients with a suspected intracranial source of dizziness (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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